2016 Election Series: Informed, Unbiased

September 27, 2016

 Dazed and confused? Tired of mudslinging? Still grieving the candidates who didn’t make it through the primaries? Wondering what the issues even are? We’re here to help. The Honors Program is sponsoring a series of discussions on three complex and controversial issues that are central to the 2016 elections. The goal? To provide clear, non-partisan explanations and explorations of these issues so that when we choose our candidate, we do so armed with insight and facts.  

“Understanding Free Trade” with Dr. Marc von der Ruhr (Economics), September 13, in the Mulva Presentation Room 101, 7:00 p.m.  Dr. von der Ruhr will present data-based information on free trade agreements, including jobs lost and jobs created, financial gains and losses, and just what we mean by a global economy.

“Thinking About Immigration” with Prof. Reg Kim (Religious Studies/Theology), September 29th, in the Mulva Presentation Room 101, 7:00 p.m. One of the thorniest problems our nation faces is immigration – both illegal and legal. Who can enter the country? Of those who are here, who can stay? What do immigrants take from the nation? What do they bring? How can we think ethically about the choices in front of us? Prof. Kim brings both professional knowledge and personal experience to this discussion.

“Muslims: What do they believe?” with Dr. Martyn Smith (Lawrence University, Theology), October 11th, in the CVC, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Martyn Smith will address Muslim beliefs and culture and the relationship between different groups of thought within the Islamic faith. Bring your questions!


***Please note: Lectures #2 and #3 have been rescheduled. The new dates and times will be broadcast to program members via all social media platforms***

“Political Rhetoric” with Coach (Dr. Mark Glantz, Communication), October 25th, in the Mulva Presentation Room 101, 7:00 p.m. Join us for an enlightening session on how to decode political rhetoric. What are the ads really saying? How can we best understand this year’s buzz words and ‘dog whistles’ and tweets?



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