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18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD

47474 Trinity Church Road
St. Mary's City, MD

Dr. Michael Cain
Professor of Political Science
Kent Hall 105
(240) 895-4215


Tuesday, March 8
Human Rights Film Series: “Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth”
A faculty nominated film exploring the challenges that undocumented youth face upon completing high school. The screening was accompanied by a discussion with high school counselor and author Elias Vlanton, undocumented student Angie Gutierrez, and Anthony Colon a nationally recognized authority on education reform.
Co-sponsored by the Library, Political Science, and International Languages and Cultures.

Tuesday, February 8
"Can our Country Lose its Addiction to Debt? The Causes and Consequences"
Students and members of the St. Mary’s community gathered in Cole Cinema to participate in a presentation and discussion with Harry Zeeve, National Field Director of the Concord Coalition, about the rising debt of the United States, its future, and our current position.
Co-Sponsored by Public Policy.

Thursday, January 27
Human Rights Film Series: "The Lives of Others"
Students and members of the St. Mary’s community gathered in Cole Cinema to watch “The Lives of Others,” a German movie about a Statsi officer who monitors a young East German couple and is deeply moved by the events that transpire. The screening was followed by a discussion with Professors Christine Wooley, David Ellsworth, and Katie Ganz.

December 8
Human Rights Film Series: “Enemies of the People”
Students and members of the St. Mary’s community gathered in Cole Cinema to watch “Enemies of the People,” a film which exposes for the first time the truth about the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge who were behind Cambodia’s horrific genocide. More than simply an inquiry into Cambodia’s experience, however, “Enemies of the People” is a profound meditation on the nature of good and evil, shedding light on the capacity of some people to do terrible things and for others to forgive them.
Co-sponsored by the Library, Philosophy & Religious Studies, Political Science, and History.

December 4
"Debating for Democracy: D4D on the Road"
“D4D on the Road” is a 6-hour training workshop sponsored by Project Pericles that was held at 12 colleges and universities across the United States. Its aim was to help students discover the power of using stories and connecting through values to mobilize support, persuasively communicate, and motivate people to act. At the workshop, they explored the tactics for pursuing change, including organizing, advocacy, policy development, lobbying, and electoral campaigns. 

November 23
"Conference on Turkish & Eurasian Affairs"
Students and members of the St. Marys Community gathered in Daugherty Palmer Commons for a free conference to address critical issues affecting Turkish and Eurasian societies with national policymakers.
Co-sponsored by The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs

November 17
Human Rights Film Series: “Tar Creek”
Students and members of the St. Mary’s community gathered in Cole Cinema for a Film screening and community discussion hosted by filmmaker Matt Meyers about the worst environmental disaster you’ve never heard of.
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Environmental Studies

November 10
Human Rights Film Series:  “Which Way Home”
Students and members of the St. Mary’s community gathered in Cole Cinema to watch “Which Way Home," a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States. Oscar nominated director Rebecca Cammisa spoke about her experiences making the film. Followed by a discussion about documentary filmmaking and her experiences.
Co-sponsored by International Languages and Cultures & Theatre, Film, and Media Studies

October 21
"Maryland Political History and the O’Malley/Ehrlich Rematch"
Students and members of the community gathered in the Glendening Annex for a lecture by Ted Sheckels: Author of Maryland Politics and Political Communication, 1950 – 2005. The lecture was followed by a brief question and answer period and a reception for students and Dr. Sheckels.

October 14
Human Rights Film Series: A Panel Discussion of "Torturing Democracy"
Filmmaker Sherry Jones and Human Rights Attorney Tom Wilner, Constitutional Lawyer Scott Horton, and Senior Judge Advocate General Stu Couch on their experiences with the making of "Torturing Democracy" and in Guantanamo Bay. A reception was held in the May Russell Lodge following the discussion.

October 7
Human Rights Film Series: "Torturing Democracy"
Students gathered in Cole Cinema for a film screening with Sherry Jones of her film "Torturing Democracy" which was followed by a discussion the next week.

September 24
"Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Ehrlich"
Former Governor Bob Ehrlich visited the SMCM campus, teaching a political science class, interacting with students, and campaigning for his re-election. When he had finished with the students, he continued to Daugherty Palmer Commons, where he held a small business roundtable discussion with area business leaders.

September 16
Constitution Day: "Habeas Corpus at Guantanamo Bay: The Case of Dr. Ayman Batarfi"
Students and members of the community gathered in Cole Cinema to hear attorney William J. Murphy speak on his experiences defending Dr. Ayman Batarfi, a Guantanamo Bay detainee. The lecture had a specific focus on the importance of Habeas Corpus in the legal system.

September 7, October 25, 27
"Congressional Candidate Forum"  
Three forums for candidates running in the Primary and General election for Maryland District 5. Two were hosted by the college at St. Mary's Hall, and one at Leonardtown High School.
Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and NAACP.