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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
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
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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March 2017

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Discusses U.S.-Russian Relations

March 3 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, SMCM Campus, Center for the Study of Democracy at SMCM
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001 United States

A third-generation Marylander, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin is Ranking Member of Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has worked across party lines to further America’s national security and to ensure that good governance, transparency and respect for human rights are integrated into our foreign policy efforts. Senator Cardin has earned a reputation as a defender of universal human rights and refugees worldwide. He is the author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which has changed the human rights abusers…

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July 2017

The Spirit of Jazz and Democracy

July 21 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Auerbach Auditorium, St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 47458 Trinity Church Road
St. Mary's City, Maryland 20686 Select a Country:
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Free
DeSousaBrent and RCS event

The DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program and the 19th annual River Concert Series welcome masters of jazz improvisation Paul Murphy (drums) and Larry Willis (piano) for the opening performance of the River Series Finale Weekend, a jazz and heritage festival. Dominic Fragman ’07, spotlights the congruency of jazz and democracy—the role of improvisation in the expansion of freedom. Murphy and Willis perform a concert of total improvisation with guest performances by poet Jere Carroll and Fragman on drums.

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September 2017

Immigration to Maryland

September 14 @ 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Cole Cinema, Campus Center, 47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001 United States
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Immigration to Maryland September 14, 2017 (Thursday) 4:45 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center, SMCM Campus Open to the public, free of charge The history of Southern Maryland is the history of newcomers. Today, St. Mary’s County is home to over 600 new immigrants who represent a number of different nationalities. Where did they come from? How well have they integrated in Southern Maryland communities? Dr. Julia A. King, SMCM Professor of Anthropology, will take us to the past with her presentation Immigration…

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Judge William O.E. Sterling/Constitution Day Lecture

September 19 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Cole Cinema, Campus Center, 47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, 20686 United States

We the Whole People: Creating a More Perfect Union from Imperfect People How does a document written 230 years ago continue to guide a fractured modern republic?  What are the principles that underlie the success of the world’s oldest written national constitution?  And what are the stories of the Americans who sought to expand the definition of “We the People”?  From the Cherokee Nation to Frederick Douglass to Susan B. Anthony, these voices resonate today with a call to fulfill…

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AADS Fall Symposium: From Slavery to Freedom: “The Struggle for Civic Virtue at St. Mary’s and Beyond”

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blackistone Room, Anne Arundel Hall
St. Mary's City, MD - Maryland 20686 United States
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Free
African and African Diaspora Studies logo

The African and African Diaspora Studies program (AADS) at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host its first annual fall symposium on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. “From Slavery to Freedom: The Struggle for Civic Virtue at St. Mary’s and Beyond” will give special attention to recently discovered evidence that St. Mary’s Female Seminary owned slaves during the nineteenth century. The symposium will also examine practices designed to memorialize slavery on American college campuses. In addition, scholars will explore…

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“From Slavery to Freedom: The Struggle for Civic Virtue at St. Mary’s and Beyond”

September 23 @ 8:50 am - 6:30 pm
Free
African and African Diaspora Studies logo

The African and African Diaspora Studies program (AADS) at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host its first annual fall symposium on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. “From Slavery to Freedom: The Struggle for Civic Virtue at St. Mary’s and Beyond” will give special attention to recently discovered evidence that St. Mary’s Female Seminary owned slaves during the nineteenth century. The symposium will also examine practices designed to memorialize slavery on American college campuses. In addition, scholars will explore…

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