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CDD Fellows to Present Research at Colloquium

The Center for Democratic Deliberation fellows will present their research at the Communication Arts & Sciences Colloquium on Friday, February 27 at 3:35 p.m. in 158 Willard. This event is free and open to the public. Please join us to hear the following presentations:
"Blaming Guns after Sandy Hook"
Craig Rood, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
"Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Second Emancipation Proclamation: Reframing Civil War Memory for the Civil Rights Movement"
Anne Kretsinger-Harries, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
"Black Music as Rhetoric: John Coltrane's A Love Supreme."
Earl Holmes Brooks, Department of English

Deliberation Nation Comes to Penn State

Deliberation Nation logo
The instructors and students of Rhetoric and Civic Life, a course sponsored by the Center for Democratic Deliberation, kick off Deliberation Nation on Tuesday, February 24th. Deliberation Nation is a week-long series of deliberative discussions that are free and open to the public on topics pertaining to campus life, including sexual assault and police relations, to national issues, such as vaccinations and the economy. Multiple events will take place throughout each day at the New Leaf Initiative, Schlow Library, Webster's Book Store, and the Common Place.

Students will work in groups to devise and frame a deliberative discussion that addresses issues important to the community in which they live and learn. They learn the differences between debate, conversation, anddeliberative discussion. They also discover the importance (and difficulty!) of framing issues fairly to promote understanding and to help participants to reflect meaningfully on community values and the choices they face. 

The Center for Democratic Deliberation will highlight each day's events on their Facebook page. Make sure to use #DeliberationNation to comment, discuss, and reflect on events that interest you. For more information, contact Dr. Jessica O’Hara, Director of Rhetoric and Civic Life, at jjo12@psu.edu or Kaitlyn Patia, the Assistant Director of Rhetoric and Civic Life, at kpatia@psu.edu.

 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, February 24

  • To Speak or Not to Speak? A deliberation about free speech and national security, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Social Media: Dividing or Bridging Town and Gown,  New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Mental Health at Penn State: How Can We Better Support Individuals on Campus?  Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7:15-9 PM
  • Higher Education in America: How do we make it affordable? Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM
  • Under Pressure: An Open Discussion on Mental Health, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM
  • A Conversation about Inoculation: Vaccination Decisions in an Increasingly Global World, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM

 

Wednesday, February 25

  • U.S. Involvement in the World: How far should we go? Council Chambers, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Capitalizing on Capital Punishment, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • First-World Problem? Addressing America’s Role in International Aid, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 5-7 PM
  • Pennsylvania Stress University: Should Colleges that Induce Stress Reduce Stress? New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM
  • The Keystone: Pennsylvania and Our Energy, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor State College Borough Building, 7-9 PM

Thursday, February 26

  • How can the U.S. achieve gender equality? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 1-2:15 PM
  • What environmental policies should the U.S. support? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 2:30-3:45 PM
  • State Patty’s Day: How Do We Contain the State? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 2-4 PM
  • Equality ensured? Deliberating the standardization of education in the U.S. Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 4-6 PM
  • Pencils Down: Assessing the impact of high-stakes testing. Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 5-7 PM
  • Inequality of Primary Education: How is it Shaping America’s Future? Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 6-8 PM
  • Adderall for All? Leveling the Playing Field When it Comes to Study Drugs. Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 6-8 PM
  • Breaking News: Biased Information in the Lives of College Students. Community Room, 201 State College Municipal Building, 6-8 PM
  • Get Schooled: Is College Really Working? Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 7-9 PM

 

Friday, February 27

  • Improving Community Police Relations, Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • Dealing with Sexual Violence in our Community, Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • How Should We Use Standardized Testing? Common Place, 7-9 PM
  • Vacci-Nation! Common Place, 7-9 PM

 

Saturday, February 28

  • Penn State and Alcohol: Who’s responsible for the party? Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • State Patty’s Day: Bring Your Own Beliefs, Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • Education: Right, Privilege, or Obligation? Common Place, 3-5 PM
  • How do we address America’s illicit drug culture? Common Place, 3-5 PM

 

Sunday, March 1

  • Deliberating the Learning Objectives of the Modern Classroom, Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • Marijuana: Managing America’s changing attitudes, Common Place, 1-3 PM
  • No Means No: Sexual Assault in State College, Common Place, 3-5 PM
  • Honey, We Shrunk the Middle Class: Discussing Our Modern Economy, Common Place, 3-5 PM
  • Racial Tension in Greek Life: What should be done?, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 4-6 PM
  • Should Marijuana Be Legalized? Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 6-8 PM

 

Monday, March 2

  • Obesity in America: Weighing the Options, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 2:30-4:30 PM
  • How Do We Deal with Heroin in PA? Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • Fracking in our communities: How do we deal with it? Common Place, 5-7 PM
  • We are…Voters: What role should young people play in politics? Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 5-7 PM
  • Sexual Crimes on Campus: How Can We Halt the Assault? Common Place, 7-9 PM
  • “Blue” & White: Addressing Depression at Penn State Common Place, 7-9 PM
  • How Do We Prevent Sexual Assault at Penn State, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, 7-9 PM

 

Tuesday, March 3

  • Fueling the Future: Deliberating Pennsylvania’s Energy Options, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Municipal Building, 9:30-11 AM
  • How should the U.S. balance law enforcement/privacy rights?  Thomas Building, PSU Campus, 1-2:15 PM, 110
  • How should we reform secondary education in the U.S.? 222 Thomas Building, PSU Campus, 2:30-3:15 PM
  • What role should ethnicity play in college admission? Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library, Penn State campus, 3-5 PM
  • Higher Education Hysteria in the 21st Century: Is College Really worth It? Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library, Penn State campus, 3-5 PM
  • #7 Party School: The Implications of the College Party Culture at Penn State, 208 Ford Building, Penn State campus, 6-8 PM
  • Penn State Healthcare: The good, the bad, the reform? Mann Assembly Room, Pattee-Paterno Library, Penn State campus, 5-7 PM

 

 

Wednesday, March 4

  • 50 Shades of Consent: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, New Leaf Initiative, 3rd Floor, State College Borough Building, 3-5 PM

Speech and Debate Society Braves Cold and Shines Warm at State Forensics Tournament

Last weekend (Feb 14-15), the Penn State Speech & Debate Society hosted the Pennsylvania Forensics Association (PFA) state tournament. Qinglan Huang, a sophomore and second year member, was the 2nd overall speaker in Parliamentary debate, losing to a student from the University of Pennsylvania. David Zeng, a freshmen, and Melinda Formola, a senior, were semifinalists in Parliamentary debate. Collin Warren, a junior, was a finalist in Impromptu speaking. On their shoulders, Penn State took 2nd overall in the President’s Sweepstakes. This is the first time in decades that Penn State has placed in finals in any event at the state tournament according to PFA records.

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society would like to extend a huge thank you to Mark and Scott from West Chester and Lafayette for running tab, to our wonderful staff in Sparks for helping with logistics, and to the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences and the Center for Democratic Deliberation for their continued support.

McCourtney Institute Announces Spring Media and Deliberation Speaker Series

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy, a fellow center of excellence with the CDD, has announced the spring speakers for its Media and Deliberation Series:

  • Anne Helen Petersen of BuzzFeed News will be giving a talk on “Jennifer Lawrence and the Politics of Cool Girls” on Monday, February 2nd in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) at 4pm.
  • Ian Spencer and Bret Jacobson, the founders of Red Edge, a digital-advocacy group for conservative causes, will be presenting a talk on "Conservative Advocacy for the 21st Century" on Tuesday, February 17th in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) at 4pm.
  • Evgeny Morozov, a contributing editor at The New Republic and author of The New Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism, will discuss "An Internet for the 21st Century" on Tuesday, March 17th in Foster Auditorium (102 Paterno Library) at 4pm.

McCourtnet Institute Spring 2015 Speaker Series flyer

CDD to Offer Support for Attendees at Tufts Summer Institute

The Center for Democratic Deliberation, in partnership with the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, invite applicants for grants for graduate students to attend the seventh annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies at Tufts University in Medford, MA, June 15-27, 2015. The institute will be an intensive, two-week, interdisciplinary seminar bringing together faculty, advanced graduate students, and practitioners from many countries and diverse fields of study.

Organized by Peter Levine, Tufts University, and Karol Sołtan, University of Maryland, the Summer Institute features guest seminars by distinguished colleagues from various institutions and engages participants in challenging discussions such as:
- What kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?
- What should such citizens know, believe, and do?
- What practices and institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship?
- What ought to be the relationships among empirical evidence, ethics, and strategy?

Applications for the institute need to include your resume, an electronic copy of your graduate transcript (if applicable), and a cover email about your interests.  These should be emailed to Peter Levine at Peter.Levine@Tufts.edu. For best consideration, apply no later than March 15, 2015.

The CDD's grants can be used to defer the cost of travel, lodging, and other expenses for students accepted to the institute. Interested students should submit a brief (i.e. one-page) application with a paragraph summarizing their interest in the conference and a detailed budget, indicating the exact amount requested. Applications should be submitted to J. Michael Hogan (jmh32@psu.edu) no later than March 9, 2015. Awards will be made pending acceptance to the institute.

For more information about the institute, please see http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/civic-studies/summer-institute/.

McCourtney Institutes Receives Gift to Create Nevins Democracy Leadership Program

 

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy, a center of excellence with the Center for Democratic Deliberation, has received a significant gift from David Nevins, a State College real estate executive, to create The Nevins Democracy Leaders program, a signature initiative within the institute. The Nevins Democracy Leaders program will provide education and ­training in transpartisan leadership skills by exposing participants to a variety of philosophies, viewpoints and strategies; teaching the tools of critical thinking, deliberation and dialogue; and placing students in unique internship opportunities in democratic and civic renewal.

Speech & Debate Society Hosts British National Team

Speech & Debate Society Hosts British National Team

Penn State coaches and debaters with the British national debate team.

The Penn State Speech & Debate Society hosted the British national debate team on October 28, 2014 for a public debate on the topic, "Private political donations in the United States should be banned." Melinda Formola and Jordan Todd defended the resolution. Their arguments centered on the role money plays in influencing Congressional politics and how to make politicians more accountable to their constituents. Kate Brooks and Alice Coombes-Huntley, the British team, countered Penn State and contended that private donations allow individuals to select candidates with whom they shared interests.

Following an initial round of speeches from both sides, the audience was given the opportunity to ask questions, moderated by Penn State debater, Louis Levin. A recurring theme during the audience discussion was comparing the United States political system to those around the globe and whether banning donations was the right solution. After another round of speeches from the debaters, the British team edged out Penn State in the audience vote. The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State and the Committee on International Discussion and Debate, which organizes the British tour.

RCL Student Wins CDD Op-Ed Contest

RCL Student Wins CDD Op-Ed Contest

Kelly Friday

The Center for Democratic Deliberation held an essay writing contest open to students enrolled in Rhetoric & Civic Life. The topic asked students to reflect on their high school experience after being in college. The CDD is pleased to announce that Kelly Friday won the contest with her essay focusing on a standardized education model. The essay was published in the Centre Daily Times on Saturday, November 8 as part of an op-ed forum led by David Hutchinson, who is the chair of the Public Issues Forums of Centre County. The links to these op-eds can be found here:

CDD Receives NCA Advancing the Discipline Grant

National Communication Association logo

The Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) at Penn State has been awarded a $5,000 Advancing the Discipline Grant from the National Communication Association (NCA). The grant will be used to fund travel scholarships for students attending the CDD’s Speech & Debate as Civic Education Conference, scheduled for March 5-7, 2015 on Penn State’s University Park campus. For more information about the conference, visit http://debateconference.psu.edu.

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.  The NCA serves approximately 8,000 scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

For more information, visit www.natcom.org. Follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/natcomm and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalCommunicationAssociation.

CDD to Cosponsor Public Issues Forum on the 21st Mission of Schools

As part of our commitment to local community engagement, the Center for Democratic Deliberation is co-sponsoring a public issues forum on the topic: "What is the 21st Century Mission for our Public Schools?" The forum is this Thursday, November 20 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Fairmount Avenue School. Moderators will lead small group deliberation on three approaches to the question:

1) Prepare Students to be Successful in the Workplace

2) Prepare Students to be Active and Responsible Citizens

3) Help Students Discover and Develop their Talents

For more information on these approaches, the CDD, led by David Hutchinson, helped organize an op-ed forum in the Centre Daily Times. The links to these op-eds are:

Chris Calkins - Approach 1: Prepare Students for Work,

Stephanie Serriere - Approach 2: Improving Democracy Requires Responsible Citizenry

Eric Sauder - Approach 3: Allow Children to Explore, Develop Individual Talents

In addition, the CDD held an essay writing contest for students enrolled in Rhetoric & Civic Life. Kelly Friday, the winner of the contest, had her essay, "Standardized Education Model Not Serving All," published as an op-ed in this forum, and she appeared on a similarly themed mini-forum, which aired on C-Net over the weekend and will air again at 7:00pm on Tuesday.

The event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required but encouraged.

Public Issues Forum flyer