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Courses are developed by the endowed professor with the objectives of strengthening students’ civil discourse skills; studying a contentious social issue from a variety of perspectives; and supporting students’ growth to become civically-engaged, fair-minded leaders in the community.
Global Civil Discourse
Professor Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Offered Fall 2021 | Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in ASH 111-5
This is a seminar course designed to address and discuss current issues in journalism and global civil discourse. Beginning with an exploration of what civil discourse means and how we can apply it in our class, it will go on to look at the consequences for civil discourse of the conflict between journalists trying to share accurate information and those governments, individuals and organizations who are working to misinform the public.
During the early part of the course we will focus largely on how these issues play out in the United States, with special attention to key and divisive topics in our country like the current reckoning with racial injustice, the COVID-19 vaccine, and others. At the same time, we will also see how this dynamic exists in other countries throughout the world. We will also be continuing work on a Global Civil Discourse map that last year’s Civil Discourse class worked on with a group of Computer Science students. By the end of the course students will be more engaged and critical news consumers with a broader, more informed perspective on journalism and civil discourse on local, national and international levels.
This course/seminar requires significant initiative and enterprise by its participants.