Panel: Abortion and Reproductive Healthcare Access

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: Burnett 103   A panel will present perspectives on, and host a discussion about, recent legal and policy changes related to abortion and reproductive healthcare access, and their impacts on individuals and communities.  Led by Dr. Mary Ryan.    This Panel: Abortion and Reproductive Healthcare Access is offered as one of four concurrent breakout…

Roundtable: Religion and Violence

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: Burnett 102   Increasingly, democratic nations are threatened by violence through outright attacks or more nuanced campaigns that target either religious minorities or secular communities by various hate groups fueled by fundamentalist, nationalist, anti-Semitic, and/or anti-immigrant ideologies. This roundtable seeks to identify, understand, and contextualize ongoing acts of religious violence in contemporary democracies.   …

Black Unicorn Project: Libraries and Social Justice

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: Walker Room, Library   Black Unicorn centers the literary and artistic contributions of Black women, Black queer, Trans and gender-expansive people, and honors the far-reaching influence their courageous storytelling has had on the lives of generations worldwide. Bekezela Mguni will lead an inclusive conversation on creating library spaces as sites of possibility and for…

Sports, Ethics and Society

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: Burnett 109   Fair play, performance-enhancing drugs, gender equity, and the impact of sports on communities and individuals have been hot topics in our society for decades. This breakout session will explore the role of sports in shaping societal values and norms and the ethical responsibilities of athletes, coaches, and organizations. Led by Megan…

Let’s Talk About Drugs

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: BURNETT 203    Within this Break-Out Session, we will be touching on an extremely important and relevant topic: the way our legal systems at the local, state, and federal levels interpret and act upon the law. The discussion will be led by Braeden Crousey as a neutral mediator and will include presentations by Mr. Bock…

Film in Democracy

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: OLIN Theatre    An exploration of film as a unique expression of self, what it says about us as a society (particularly looking at the values in popular American films), and how censorship can affect film, thwarting self-expression.    This session Film in Democracy is offered as one of five concurrent breakout sessions. Learn…

Preserving Knowledge, Defending Independence: A Student Bill of Rights Workshop

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: BURNETT 109    Public education in the Unites States is currently under heavy political pressure and attack. In Europe, countries came together in 2008 to create a student bill of rights to defend education from such pressures. This has shown to be an effective method of resistance, and we wonder if the United States could, or…

Digital Democracy and Civic Engagement: Digital Democracy Unveiled

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: BURNETT 114 (Yost Auditorium)   In this session, we delve into the intricate intersection of technology, democracy, and civic engagement, exploring the transformative effects of the digital age on our political landscape. The advent of social media and digital platforms has revolutionized the way we consume and engage with information, significantly shaping political opinions and…

BSU’s Discussion Series: Impact of Affirmative Action

60 South Lincoln St, Washington, PA

Location: BURNETT 103    The recent Supreme Court decision in the case of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard will significantly college admissions. With alumni participants and current students, this session with discuss affirmative action, the Supreme Court case, and how college admissions have changed over the years. The Black Student Union will facilitate an open dialogue to discuss…