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September 2016

VOTE! Elections and Social Media

September 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Maryland State Senators Cheryl C. Kagan (D) and Steve Waugh (R), politicians, community activists and political scientists will meet with SMCM students, faculty, staff and the general public to talk about election year issues. The evening will start with a presentation on the role of social media in the presidential elections by Dr. Leticia Bode Assistant Professor in the Communication, Culture, and Technology program at Georgetown University. How do candidates use social media to reach voters? How do voters encounter…

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The Gap Film Series – “Inequality for All”

September 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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The Gap Film Series, hosted by the Center for the Study of Democracy, presents "Inequality for All." In his "Wealth and Poverty" class at U.C. Berkeley, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich discusses the grave economic and social consequences that may result if the gulf between rich and poor continues to widen.

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Madison, Montpelier, and the Constitution

September 16, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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During his own lifetime James Madison was dubbed “Father of the Constitution,” a title he humbly dismissed.  Madison, though, would have a larger hand than any other individual of the founding era in shaping the American political system of government.  Kyle M. Stetz, Manager of Student and Family Programs at James Madison’s Montpelier will explore the work Madison completed, before, during, and after the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  What exactly did Madison do?  What prepared him for such significant work…

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October 2016

Issues of Criminal Justice: Race- or Poverty-Based?

October 6, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Justice and Inequality Roundtable The United States criminal justice system has been under severe criticism. The perception that the system is unfair and discriminatory is held by a number of persons.  To what extent does this perception mirror reality?  What is the number of non-whites in the US and MD prison systems?  What disparities in the system can be explained by discrimination based on race? What disparities may be caused by other factors, such as poverty?  At what stages of…

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The Gap Film Series – “A Tale of Two Schools”

October 26, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Tavares Gross is just starting first grade, but he's already way behind.  He doesn't know his letters.  He doesn't even know what a book is for.  And Tavares is not alone.  Across the country, schools are struggling with their most basic job: teaching kids to read.  What does it really take to turn our schools around? Morgan Freeman tells the intimate story of a tumultuous year at two vulnerable schools. Read more information about the film here.

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The Arctic and Climate Change

October 27, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Climate change is happening faster and with more visible impacts in the Arctic than in most of the rest of the world. The Arctic is warming at a rate of almost twice the global average. Climate change in the Arctic is not just a local problem -- what happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. What is driving the Arctic warming, loss of sea ice, retreating glaciers and thawing permafrost?   How will the Arctic warming affect climate…

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November 2016

Gap Film Series – “Inequality for All”

November 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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This  2013 documentary film is directed by Jacob Kornbluth and it examines widening income inequality in the United States. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich makes an eloquent and impassioned argument about how the devastating effects of America's widening income inequality not only threaten the middle class but also the very foundation of democracy itself. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition section, and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Achievement in…

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January 2017

US-China Relations in the South China Sea

January 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Territorial and jurisdictional disputes are flaring up in the South China Sea. China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stirring up trouble in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves.  While China has backed its expansive claims with island-building and naval patrols, the United States has sent military ships and planes near disputed islands to ensure access to key shipping and air routes. In July 2016, a United Nations tribunal ruled…

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February 2017

Migration Crisis in Europe: Is America a Bystander?

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Free

This international forum is open to the public and free of charge. Europe is in the middle of the greatest migration upheaval since the end of World War II. In 2016 alone, Europe received close to a million asylum applications. How are the Europeans handling the migration crisis?  How does the crisis impact Americans?  What lessons have European officials learned in the past three years? How to prevent similar crises in the future? Panelists: Dr. Martin Geiger from Carleton University in…

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U.S.-Russian Relations Under the Trump Administration: What does Russia Expect?

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Free

This event is free of charge and open to the public. The Center for the Study of Democracy and The Patuxent Partnership will host Professor Tatiana Shakleina’s lecture on the SMCM campus.  She is Head of the Department of Applied International Political Analysis at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia's most prestigious educational entity focusing on international relations. Professor Shakleina is an expert on Russian foreign policy and international relations. She is the author of numerous…

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