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October 2009 - J. Michael Hogan "Research Unplugged"

J. Michael Hogan, co-director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation, hosted Penn State's "Research Unplugged" on Wednesday, October 21 at the Downtown Theatre in State College.  The topic of Dr. Hogan's lecture was "Deliberation or Disruption?  Lessons from the Town Hall Meetings on Health Care."

Research Unplugged is not just another lecture series. It's an idea based on Café Scientifique, a university-town phenomenon that began a few years ago in the U.K. The concept is to create an informal forum, open to all, for exploring ideas—to foster public dialogue and energize conversations about issues that matter.

Research Unplugged gathers on Wednesdays at noon in the gallery of the Penn State Downtown Theatre, a great conversation space in a popular location. Downtown restaurants provide light refreshments at no cost to guests. The afternoon begins with a 10-15 minute introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions and discussion.


October 2009 - Dean and Rove Debate Healthcare

Howard Dean and Karl Rove - Debate on Healthcare

Howard Dean and Karl Rove

Dean (former Governor of Vermont and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee) and Rove (former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush) came to Eisenhower Auditorium to give a joint lecture on the topic of healthcare.

The Center for Democratic Deliberation was a co-sponsor of this event.  CDD co-director J. Michael Hogan and the CDD Graduate Fellows had the opportunity to visit with both Rove and Dean during their visit. 


Karl Rove   


Howard Dean

March 2010 - Cheryl Glenn Visits Norway


Cheryl GlennCDD co-director Cheryl Glenn recently gave two lectures on rhetoric and gender at the Norwegian School of Business in Oslo. Read more about these lectures here (Google translation).