An overview of fall 2019

Nora Hanagan/ December 20, 2019/ Uncategorized

  As 2019 draws to a close, we would like to remember some of the highlights of the past semester. On September 19, Presidential Professor of History Emerita of Baruch College Carol Berkin gave our annual Constitution Day lecture in the sanctuary of the Freeman Center for Jewish Life. In an engaging discussion of the Constitutional Convention, Professor Berkin challenged the popular belief that James Madison played the starring role at the 1787 convention that produced the Constitution. She argued

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Citizen Activism Panel – April 17, 2018

Nora Hanagan/ April 30, 2018/ Uncategorized

We were proud to collaborate with the Center for Political, Leadership, Innovation and Service to host a panel discussion on citizen activism. All three panelists—Durham Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson, chair of the NC Libertarian Party Susan Hogarth, and former organizer with NC for Trump Mitch Myers—have years of experience with grassroots organizing.  Moreover, they offered different perspectives on how citizens can be politically involved, despite not completely identifying with either of the two major political parties. Myers sought to

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Living Learning Community Accepting New Members

Nora Hanagan/ January 30, 2018/ LLC News, Uncategorized

We are proud to sponsor the  Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community,  a group of Duke students with a passion for politics, philosophy, and economics who have decided to create a “space for not-too-serious intellectual conversations outside of the classroom and traditional extracurricular settings.”  Students live in Edens 1A.  In addition to a house course, the LLC organizes numerous field trips and social events. The community is currently recruiting up to 28 new members.  Applications are due on February 12,

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The Ridiculous and the Ridiculed: Humor and Politics Workshop – February 6, 2018

Nora Hanagan/ January 30, 2018/ Uncategorized

The Humor & Politics Working Group held its first meeting of the spring semester on February 16. The workshop’s theme was “The Ridiculous and the Ridiculed.” Participants watched selections from South Park, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Tomi Lahren, and completed a few short readings from Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft in advance of the meeting. The conversation explored the use of ridicule by both liberals and conservatives, and considered whether ridicule has dangerous political consequences. The Humor and Politics

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