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Birkle Student Engagement Award Presented

Birkle Student Engagement Award Presented

Barry Bram, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (left), with Emily McDonald and CDD Director Debra Hawhee. (Photo: Jarid Waniger)

Each year, the Center for Democratic Deliberation awards the Nancy and Joseph Birkle Student Engagement Award, established through the generosity of Gretchen A. Birkle. The award goes to at least two students in the College of Liberal Arts who have made significant contributions to public deliberation.

This year, the CDD awarded three awards. Jessica A. Kurr, Jeremy D. Johnson, and Jordan Todd won the Birkle Award for their work with the Penn State Debate Society. Emily McDonald won the award for her efforts to collaborate with student governments across Pennsylvania during her term as President of the University Park Undergraduate Association. Nathan Larkin won the Birkle Award for his work with Fossil Free PSU.

Read more about the award and this year's winners here.

 

Rhetoric & Civic Life Hosts Deliberation Nation

Earlier this month, students from Rhetoric & Civic Life (RCL) courses held more than 50 public deliberations on topics ranging from diversity on campus to the funding of presidential campaigns. 

To read more about RCL and Deliberation Nation, check out Penn State News' feature here.

CDD Board Member Rosa Eberly Discusses Political Speech and Violence on PRI’s "To The Point"

CDD Board Member Rosa Eberly Discusses Political Speech and Violence on PRI’s "To The Point"

Rosa Eberly is Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Advisory Board Member of the CDD, and Liaison between the CDD and Penn State’s Student Farm Initiative

Rosa Eberly, CDD Advisory Board Member and Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and English, was a guest this week on KCRW and PRI’s To The Point. During the segment “Political Speech and Violent Action,” host Warren Olney and Eberly discussed how political speech can be a proximate cause to acts of public violence; how pinpointing whose interests are served by a certain political statement can help citizens evaluate that statement’s ethics; and about the responsibility of journalists, politicians, and citizens to speak out against deceit. Click here to listen to the full discussion.