Events

A Constitution Day Discussion: What Does Democracy Mean to You?

The Democracy Commitment at MCC, PEACE Committee, and Department of Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology are happy to bring you a Constitution Day discussion, What Does Democracy Mean to You?

Many argue American democracy is at a crossroads. If true, it is important to investigate the origins and evolution of American democracy, analyze current trends, and discuss how we can build a stronger and more inclusive democratic society. Join John Delate (American History), Robert Muhlnickel (Philosophy), Bethany Gizi (Sociology), and Joe Scanlon (Political Science) to discuss the historical, philosophical, social, and political features of American democracy. This is an interactive opportunity to learn about the past and present features of American democracy and share your personal expectations for American Democracy. This event is free and open to the public. 

When: September 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Register for "What Does Democracy Mean to You?"

Fall 2021 Deliberative Dialogues Series: Be Part of the Discussion & the Solution

Deliberative dialogues are unique opportunities to engage in collaborative thinking about pressing public issues. Because each dialogue takes the form of deliberation, attendees drive the conversation in small groups facilitated by trained moderators. Deliberation is unlike the panel discussions or debates we are accustomed to in American politics, as it is highly participatory, egalitarian, and non-adversarial. The foundation of each deliberative dialogue is an issue guide. These guides offer an opportunity to critically explore an issue while also putting our personal values at the center of the conversation. Overall, deliberation promotes the listening and talking necessary to have difficult conversations in a democratic society. 

Below is information on this semester's deliberative dialogues series, including dates, times, topics, and registration links. If you would like an advance copy of an issue guide or have questions, please email Joe Scanlon.

Health care: How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need?

Whether it is medical bills or prescription drug costs, Americans are concerned about the future of quality affordable health care in the U.S. Join us as we deliberate over options that emphasize ensuring health care for all, improving the current system, and freeing people to make individual choices.

When: September 29, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Register for: "How Can We Bring Costs Down While Getting the Care We Need?"

Voting: How Should We Improve and Safeguard Our Elections?

Americans are concerned about their elections. They worry about election interference, election integrity, and restrictions on access to voting. Join us as we deliberate over options that emphasize improving voter turnout, securing elections, and making voting fairer and more inclusive.

When: October 21, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Registration for: "How Should We Improve and Safeguard Our Elections?"

Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want?

Americans are concerned about the balance between speech and student well-being on college campuses. How do we create an environment that reflects our core values? Join us as we deliberate over options that emphasize student well-being, intellectual curiosity, and the ideals of free expression.

When: Novermber 30, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Register for: "How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want?"

Sponsoring Organizations and Initiatives: The Democracy Commitment at MCC,  PEACE Committee, Department of Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology