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PACE Fall 2016 Events 

Public Lectures and Forums

"Elections 2016" with Steven Shepard, Campaigns Editor for POLITICO

7 p.m. Thursday, September 22

Perdue 156

Steven Shepard is editor for The POLITICO Caucus and chief polling analyst for POLITICO, a political-journalism organization that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally. POLITICO distributes content via television, the Internet, The Politico newspaper, and radio, and reaches over 15 million people monthly.

Free and open to the public.

Hargreaves Lecture featuring Maryland Senator Ed Kasemeyer

2 p.m. Tuesday, October 11

Nanticoke Room

Maryland State Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Chair of the Maryland Senate Budget and Tax Committee, speaks in observance of Constitution Day. Kasemeyer is Salisbury University’s 2016 John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow, an annual award recognizing outstanding public service.

SU and Community Courses

Lecture Series: Race & Identity in the United States

7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, August 29-December 5 

Fulton 111

Although attending every lecture is optional, each Monday’s lecture stands on its own and no prior attendance is required. Also available as a one-credit pass/fail course with no prerequisites.

See Full Lecture List

Election Events: Voter Education and Awareness

Student Voter Registration Training Series

  • Monday, September 19: 5:00-6:15pm in Conway Hall (TETC) 152
  • Tuesday, September 20: 6:00-7:15pm in Conway Hall (TETC) 152
  • Wednesday, September 21: 7:00-8:15pm in Henson 103

PACE and Political Science faculty and staff will train SU students to act as voting assistants. All students are welcome.

Engaging in Political Discourse Series

  • Tuesday, September 27th, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00pm

Tired of all the yelling and name-calling in politics? Blocked anyone on Facebook lately over the presidential election? Join PACE for an interactive session where we will engage in constructive dialogue about the issues that matter.

Please contact us at if you would like to have a facilitated dialogue for your class or campus organization.

Debate and Dialogue: College Democrats and College Republicans Discuss the Elections

Date & Location TBA

Presidential Debate Watching Parties 

  • Monday, September 26
  • Tuesday, October 4 (vice presidential debate)
  • Sunday, October 9
  • Wednesday, October 19

Debate watching parties hosted by PACE and the Department of Political Science will begin thirty minutes prior to each national debate in the GUC Fireside Lounge (8:30pm).

Debate times: 9:00-10:30pm

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PACE Events - Fall 2015

City of Salisbury Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Wicomico Room

The Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) will partner with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce to host a candidate forum/debate in preparation for the City of Salisbury election on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015. Candidates for Mayor and the City’s five new Councilmanic districts will be invited to discuss their policy platforms and answer questions submitted in advance.

View video of the forum here:

Policing Forum

Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of our Local Sworn Officers

October 19th, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Wicomico Room, GUC

Panelists – Law enforcement representatives from Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Cities of Salisbury, Delmar, and Fruitland

The purpose of the event is to provide the community with an opportunity to understand what our local law enforcement agencies do, how they do it, and essentially why they do it the way that they do it. The purpose of the event is not to be confrontational, but to give the community a better understanding of policing, more generally, and to facilitate a dialogue regarding the national attention related to this topic. 

“What ‘They’ Think of Us, and Why it Matters: Global perceptions of the United States”

Former CNN Correspondent Ralph Begleiter Lecture

Thursday, October 1, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Great Hall, Holloway Hall

Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans have wondered why people elsewhere in the world have conflicted opinions about the United States… views which sometimes inspire hostility and attacks against Western interests. University of Delaware Prof. Ralph Begleiter, a former CNN world affairs correspondent who has worked in 100 countries, offers surprising perspectives on how others view the United States, and why it matters to American citizens, businesses, and national security.

Student Voting Forum

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Wicomico Room

Should I register to vote here or back home? As a student, should I even get involved in the City of Salisbury’s election? PACE is partnering with Dr. Chrys Egan’s Political Communication course to host a forum related to student voting decisions. Students and faculty will discuss these issues at length and provide an opportunity for audience participation.

Constitution Day Event - “Does the Constitution Still Work for “We the People”?”

Panel Discussion Featuring Virginia Wesleyan University’s Provost, Dr. Tim O’Rourke, and Salisbury University’s Professor of Political Science, Dr. Bobbi Adams

Thursday, September 17, 2015 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Great Hall, Holloway Hall

Does representative democracy function well under our constitutional arrangement? Are the policy outcomes fair? As issues of inequality become more apparent, our panelists will discuss whether our current political institutions are able to effectively address these concerns.

Summary PACE Events - Spring 2014

1."Political Virtuoso: How FDR Broke Precedent and Won a Third Term"

            PACE hosted a President's Day lecture held by Dr. Dean Kotlowski on February 12, 2015 in Fulton Hall room 111 at 7 P.M. 

2. "Nixon's Fall, Reagan's Rise: An Evening With Rick Perlstein"

            PACE hosted a lecture held by author Rick Perlstein.  The lecture took place at 7 P.M. on April 23, 2015 in TETC room 153.

Summary PACE Events – Fall 2014

1. Turbo Vote Voter Registration Drive September 22nd –September 26th

            PACE hosted a daily voter registration drive encouraging students, faculty, and staff to sign up for Turbo Vote.  The event took place in the Commons Lobby and PACE provided computers for easy access to the online Turbo Vote platform.  The voter registration drive allowed members of the SU community to quickly and efficiently register to vote or request an absentee ballot.  Also, Turbo Vote provided users with up-to-date information on the election process and polling locations.  To date 456 students have utilized Turbo Vote to register for the upcoming elections.

2. Candidate Meet and Greet

            PACE hosted a candidate meet-and-greet on October 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Red Square.  The event gave students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to meet and discuss pertinent issues with candidates.  Candidates in attendance included; Addie Eckhardt (R, MD-37), Chris Adams (R, MD-37B), Johnny Mautz (R, MD-37B), Carl Anderton (R, MD-38B), Norman Conway (R, MD-38B), Mary Beth Carozza (R-MD-36C), Judy Davis (D, MD-38C), representatives from Larry Hogan’s gubernatorial campaign, Rick Pollitt (D, county executive), John Cannon (R, county council at large), Laura Mitchell (D, county council at large) and M.J. Caldwell (circuit court judge).  A voter registration table was also present at the event, furthering PACE’s goal of registering students for the upcoming election.

3. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown Visits Salisbury University

            On October 14, 2014 PACE hosted a forum with gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown.  The event was held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center and was moderated by PACE Director Robert Sheehan.  The invitation to the event was extended to students, staff, faculty, and the greater community.  Brown echoed brief remarks and then addressed questions submitted by students in advance. 

4. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Visits Salisbury

            Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) joined students, staff, and faculty on Thursday October 30th, at 2 p.m. for a Constitution Day Talk.  Carper addressed issues brought forth by students focused on nuclear waste, constitutional amendments, American foreign policy, and discussed his experience in politics.

5. “Immigration Enforcement at the Border & Beyond: The Human Cost of Securitization” by: Todd Miller

            Along with the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication, PACE hosts Todd Miller author of Border Patrol Nation on November 12, at 6 p.m. in 123 Devilbliss Hall.  The event will focus on Miller’s research as an investigative journalist in the US-Mexico Border region.  The event should foster discussion regarding immigration enforcement and cost of growing securitization around US-Mexico borders.  PACE will provide light refreshments and snacks.

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Past Forums

Gay Marriage Forum

Below is information on the forum that PACE held on October 15th, 2012 discussing the Ballot Question 6 in celebration of Constitution Day at Salisbury University.

Dream Act Forum

Below is information on the forum that PACE held on October 3rd, 2012 discussing Ballot Question 4-Tuition Rate for Undocumented Immigrants.

9/11 Forum

Below is some information on the forum that PACE co-sponsored with the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and the Social Work and Political Science Departments on September 12th, 2011 to discuss the implications of a post-9/11 America.

Immigration Forum

Check out some of the background information utilized in our Immigration Forum this past Spring semester. Included you will find the resources used to supplement the discussion. Community members, faculty members, and Presidential Citizen Scholars all joined together to discuss the Arizona Immigration Law and the recent Maryland legislation on in-state tuition status.

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