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Democracy Across the Disciplines IDIS 280-002-Fall 2017


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10/23: Journalism and Democracy (Dr. Jennifer Cox)

  1. Why Every City Needs a Beat Reporter
  2. Why We Need Investigative Journalism and a Free Press
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IDIS 280: Race & Identity in the United States Lecture Series

Location: Fulton Hall 111

Time: Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm

Every class meeting is open to the public and the Salisbury University community. 

Course Schedule:

8/28: Welcome, Introduction, Discussion

9/4:  Labor Day, NO CLASS.
Supplemental Readings for Community (Students will have assignment): 
Salisbury mayor joins call for removal of confederate historical marker by Liz Holland
Delmarva Today 07-14-2017  Chris Ranck (radio program; can be podcast) 
Should a Monument Honoring a Confederate General Be Removed?  Timothy Parker
Supporters of Confederate Gen. Winder plaque rally in Salisbury  Deborah Gates 
Salisbury's black community troubled by Confederate general's marker  Jeremy Cox
Linda Duyer: Time to clear the Courthouse lawn

9/11: “This is what democracy looks like?!” (Dr. Sarah Surak)
“Democracy Index 2016” The Economist Link: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (or see attachedView in a new window)
“Millennials Deeply Uncertain about Democracy Post-Election, But Few Believe it is in Peril” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Selection from The Federalist #10View in a new window

9/18: “When Democracy Doesn’t Work” (Dr. Eric Rittinger)
“Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters” (Click Link) 
“Could Trump set off a constitutional crisis? Here’s what we can learn from Latin America” (Click Link)

9/25: “The Mathematics of Democracy” (Dr. Alex Halperin)
Patrick. You Can't 'Waste Your Vote'! (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Najmabadi, Shannon: "Meet the Math Professor Who's Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry" View in a new window
Ingraham, Christopher: "This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see"View in a new window
Polling Sample Size Calculator
Silver, Nate: "For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased"

10/2: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

10/9: “Why School?: Democratic Visions and Unjust Realities in Education” (Dr. Erin Stutelberg)
John Taylor Gatto (2005) Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Excerpt from Chapter 1: The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher.
Paulo Freire (2008) Pedagogy of the Oppressed (30th Anniversary Edition). Excerpt from Chapter 2: Definition of “banking education”
Mike Rose (2014) Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us. Chapter 13: Finding the Public Good Through the Details of Classroom Life.

10/16: “Checking out democracy: Dewey need libraries, anyway?” (Angeline Prichard)
ALA Library Bill of Rights
Baltimore’s Enoch-Pratt Library Stays Open
Open Access Week Video  

10/23: Journalism and Democracy (Dr. Jennifer Cox)
Why Every City Needs a Beat Reporter
Why We Need Investigative Journalism and a Free Press

10/30: "Literature in the Democratic Imagination" (Dr. Shane Hall)

11/6: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

11/13: Marginalization and Political Access (Dr. Shawn McEntee)

11/20: “Community Organizing and the Psychology of Protest” (Dr. Michele Schlehofer)
Community Organizing (Click Link)
Social Action (Click Link)

11/27: "Social work and the spirit of democracy: Facilitating mutual aid groups and legislative advocacy for vulnerable citizens" (Dr. Jim Forte)

12/4: “Revolution and Revelation: Alexander Hamilton in History, Memory, and Music" (Dr. Creston Long and Dr. Dean Kotlowski) PLUS: Live performances from Hamilton!

12/11: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

Final Exams: Wednesday 12/13 - Tuesday 12/19: Resource Fair – Getting connected to local organizations and practices (Student attendance required)

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