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Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Exploring Thrombophilia Survivors’ Experiences and Emotions"

Presented By: Roxanne Parrott, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State
When Oct 20, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Colloquium Presents: "Late Modern Habits of Remembrance at the National September 11 Memorial"

When Oct 20, 2014
from 02:30 PM to 04:00 PM
Where 106 Sackett
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Abstract

Public memorials to infamous collective tragedies and traumas inspire widespread, and frequently contentious, debate over matters of aesthetic design, historical representation, and political symbolism. Elected officials and ordinary citizens alike in contemporary liberal-democratic societies often describe the ritual of bearing witness at such sites as a civic duty. This presentation will examine the specific forms of witnessing that the National September 11 Memorial—which was borne of contentious and prolonged controversies—encourages visitors to enact. In doing so, it will engage with a variety of theoretical sources, including the work of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Alison Landsberg, Jacques Ranciere, and others. The presentation will argue that the memorial facilitates uncanny forms of witnessing, which involve discursive practices of collective remembrance that invoke familiar experiences of physical space, memorial aesthetics, and virtual reality in strangely modified forms. The National September 11 Memorial thus accommodates popular and immanently personalized habits of remembrance characteristic of late-modern consumer culture and political alienation writ large. Recognition of this fact suggests implications regarding the rhetorical uses and disadvantages of contemporary memorials as popular forums of emotional catharsis, historical education, and moral reflection in late-modern public culture.​

CAPR Brownbag

Details TBD
When Oct 22, 2014
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where 302 Pond
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Presents: Meet the Author - Making Democracy Fun

Featured Guest: Josh Lerner
When Oct 23, 2014
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Schlow Centre Region Library
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Brown Medal Award Ceremony

Presentation by Josh Lerner - Executive Director, Participatory Budgeting Project
When Oct 25, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn - Ballroom AB
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Event Details:

Reception: 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Ceremony: 4:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Presentation: 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.

Bio:

Josh is co-founder and executive director of the Participatory Budgeting Project. For over a decade, he has developed, researched, and worked with dozens of community engagement and participatory budgeting processes in North America, Latin America, and Europe. He completed a PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research and a Masters in Planning from the University of Toronto. He is the author of Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press, 2014) and Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy? (Cornell University Press, 2014). @joshalerner

Learn more at participatorybudeting.org

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "The Collaborative Management of Information Problems in Hospitals"

Presented By: Alison Murphy, ABD, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
When Oct 27, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Public Debate: Hosting the Bristish National Debate Team

Hosted by: The Penn State Speech & Debate Society
When Oct 28, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "The Challenge of Practicing Democracy in Small Groups"

Featured Guest: John Gastil (Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science)
When Oct 30, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Health Communication Brownbag Presents: Health Communication Research Unplugged

What Brownbag Members Have Been up to This Semester; Readings on Angel
When Nov 03, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "Reflections on the 2014 elections"

Featured Guest: TBD
When Nov 05, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Presents a Public Lecture: "School's Out: Higher Education, Polarization, and the Demise of the American Dream"

Presented By: Suzanne Mettler, Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department, Cornell University
When Nov 06, 2014
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 101 Thomas Building
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Abstract

When it comes to discussions about rising college costs, attention is often directed squarely at college and university leaders, but federal and state policymakers also play an enormous role in providing individuals with the ability to afford college. In recent decades policymakers have abdicated their responsibility for ensuring an affordable, accountable and high quality postsecondary system of higher education in the U.S., slowly dismantling a legacy in which earlier generations of lawmakers made higher education a pillar of the nation’s economic, social and civic foundation. How and why has this failure of public duty taken place? And what specific actions can Americans take to encourage a renewal of political leadership in stewarding American higher education?

Bio

Suzanne Mettler is the Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. She is the author of Degrees of Inequality: How Higher Education Politics Sabotaged the American Dream (Basic Books, 2014); The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Programs Undermine American Democracy (University of Chicago, 2011); Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism In New Deal Public Policy (Cornell, 1998), which was awarded the Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best book on US national policy and the Martha Derthick Award for a book that has made an enduring contribution to the study of federalism; and Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation (Oxford University Press, 2005), which was also awarded the Kammerer Award as well as the J. David Greenstone prize of the Politics and History section of the APSA.  Mettler has also published in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Studies in American Political Development, and Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law, and in other scholarly journals and edited volumes, as well as op-eds in the New York Times and LA Times, and essays in The Washington Monthly and Salon. She serves on the national steering committee of the Scholars Strategy Network

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Exploring the Effects of Typicality in Narratives on Users’ Interpretations of Risk Messages"

Presented By: Jiangxue (Ashley) Han, ABD, College of Communications, Penn State
When Nov 10, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "The Rhetoric of ‘Philosophy’ in the Critique of ‘Democracy’ in Ancient Athens"

Featured Guest: Christopher Moore (Penn State Philosophy)
When Nov 11, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 131 Sparks
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The Office for Research Protections Presents Research in Focus Series:“Trust in science and the roles that fear, guilt, and celebrity play in shaping public understanding: The case of Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy”

Presented By: Sharon Shriver - Assistant Director, Educational Programs, Office for Research Protections
When Nov 11, 2014
from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM
Where 102 Kern Graduate Building
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*Pre-registration required at www.research.psu.edu/training

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: "Study 2: Smoking Decisions of Chinese Americans"

Presented By: Yu Lu, ABD, Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State
When Nov 17, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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CAPR Brownbag

Details TBD
When Nov 19, 2014
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Where 302 Pond
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National Communication Association Annual Conference

When Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM to
Nov 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Where Chicago, Illinois
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The Office for Research Protections Presents Scholarship and Research Ethics Brownbag Series: “The Challenge of Communicating Science to the Public Without Overstating Research Findings: Does Hype Win Out Over Substance?”

Presented By: Todd LaJeunesse - Associate Professor, Biology
When Nov 20, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 110 Henderson - Bennett Pierce Living Center
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Bring your lunch; cookies and drinks provided! No pre-registration necessary, but come early as seminars fill up quickly.

Health Communication Brownbag Presents: Summarizing, Looking Ahead and Planning for Next Semester

When Dec 01, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "Islamists as Counterpublics: Case of the Muslim Brotherhood in Post-Mubarak Egypt"

Featured Guest: Soumia Bardhan (Penn State Communication Arts and Sciences)
When Dec 04, 2014
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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