Gen. Ed. Category Event should be listed under Multicultural Valuing or Social Sciences depending on the subject matter
Compose a minimum four-page summary of the event you experienced.
Keep in mind the competencies identified with the help of your Capstone facilitator as you make an account of your experiences.
When you attend, be alert to the thesis of the presentation, particularly as it relates to what the presenter is offering about the quality, depth or function of the topic, and how the thesis is supported (i.e. evidence, examples). Explain in detail the event and write a clear, concise thesis statement.
Feel free to ask the presenter to clarify his or her thesis. Find an article that supports the presenter’s position, or find a universal theme, dilemma or viewpoint that could attract any audience and articulate an informed position on it. Or find an opposing article that supports better your position and incorporate it into your paper. What most impressed you that perhaps changed a previous attitude or belief? Can you evaluate the historical, cultural or social connection or relevancy to our society today? If necessary, do some research to support your informed response. A works-cited page and proper MLA citation required.
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An annual forum exploring the history, health and functioning of democracy in America and abroad.
Most consider World War Z a fun novel — a fictional documentary telling the story of a zombie world war. Yet further inspection by David Cirillo (SCC English) shows this novel to be much more. In it, author Max Brooks investigates ideas of democracy, making the argument that too much democracy and too little democracy necessarily lead to human destruction. Further, Brooks criticizes the mindset of giving away freedoms to governments, indicating that abdication of freedoms is essentially an abdication of democracy, which can end only in tyranny and human extinction.
Lisa Davis (SCC political science) investigates the importance of the U.S. Constitution as well as the vital changes it has undergone in the amendment process. We will discuss what rights are guaranteed individuals by the Constitution. Finally, we will question whether or not those rights are being threatened or have been in the recent past.
Join us for a big-screen showing of this hugely popular biopic, which stars Daniel Day Lewis in a signature performance. Day-Lewis powerfully dramatizes the last year of the 16th president’s second term in office. “This is a wonderful film,” wrote critic James Berardinelli, “full of detail and behavior, and one that lifts broadened historical details into a poetic marriage of humanity and triumph.”
Also, don’t miss the panel discussion on Sept. 19, when SCC teachers from a variety of academic departments will explore the film and the fine points of the Lincoln presidency.
A presentation and conversation about the situation and potential global impact.
Virginia Guneyli (SCC English) will give a presentation and a panel of Turkish Americans will discuss the Gezi Park protests in Turkey in summer 2013 as well as the history and future of democracy in Turkey.
The U.S. territory known as Guantanamo Bay sits on the southeastern tip of Cuba, a property which technically is on lease from Cuba and a curious site of U.S.-Caribbean relations. The prison which the U.S. operates there post 9/11 is a crucial element of what is known as the ‘war on terror.’ From the outset, the prisoners were determined, without a trial, to be terrorists and described as “the worst of the worst.” The inmates are considered ‘detainees’ and ‘unlawful combatants’ rather than ‘prisoners of war,’ a distinction which triggers certain prison conditions under Geneva Conventions. Who the prisoners are, what crimes they are alleged to have committed or were planning to conduct – much of this has been shrouded from the general public.
By January 2014, every American is required to have health insurance. Paul Roesler (SCC political science) will give a brief overview of the 2010 Health Care Reform Act as well as what this means for Missourians.
Grace Moser (SCC history) leads a panel discussion on this momentous film, bringing together faculty from the fields of psychology, history, political science and sociology to discuss various approaches to the film. The discussion will give students an opportunity to learn interdisciplinary analysis.
Marijuana laws are changing across the country. This multi-disciplinary panel will explore marijuana from historical, political, psychological and social perspectives. Paul Roesler (SCC political science/advisor to the Students for a Sensible Drug Policy club) moderates a learned panel of SCC professors who will explore marijuana from the perspective of their disciplines. Discussants include Mitch Harden (SCC psychology), Christina Webster (SCC sociology), Gabe Harper (SCC political science), Rachel McShane (SCC biology) and Grace Moser (SCC history). As with all Democracy Days presentations, there will be time for audience questions and discussion.
The Affordable Care Act is transforming the American healthcare landscape, but does it go far enough? This presentation will compare our performance with the rest of the world, describe the important changes brought by the ACA, where it should go further and how expanding Medicaid can still be part of the solution in Missouri. Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP-STL) chair and family physician Ed Weisbart, M.D. will be speaking. He supports fixing the flaws in Medicare and providing that to all Americans throughout their lives.
Why Democracy Has Failed in India
The true meaning of democracy is that the government is of the people, by the people and for the people and actually represents the interests and reflects the values of those who voted those who govern to power. However, in reality, the rich and the powerful who are the top one percent rule and the majority become disengaged, apathetic and succumb to the heavy handedness from the greedy bunch at the top.
Vi Rajagopalan (SCC psychology) examines the facts regarding violence against women that is quite prevalent in India as well as the problem of the trafficking of children. She asks, “What are the educated and energized people of India doing now that there is a nationwide interest to force the unconcerned politicians to come up with strategies and funding to eradicate this problem?”