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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Public Lecture Presents : "Jennifer Lawrence and the Politics of Cool Girls"

Presented By: Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed
When Feb 02, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 102 Paterno Library - Foster Auditorium
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Colloquium

Presented By: Matthew Mays, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Texas A&M
When Feb 06, 2015
from 03:35 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 158 Willard
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : "The Political Process and Substantive Due Process"

Featured Guest: Steve Ross (Professor of Law and Lewis H. Vovakis Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Penn State)
When Feb 12, 2015
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Media and Deliberation Series Presents : "Conservative Advocacy for the 21st Century"

Presented By: Brett Jacobson and Ian Spencer, Red Edge
When Feb 17, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 102 Paterno Library - Foster Auditorium
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Abstract

Conservatism In the 21st Century

Conservatives are not widely perceived as in touch with young Americans. Yet ensuring the 21st century is a period of peace and prosperity will be largely tied to how well conservatives and libertarians ensure that a hidebound government cannot stifle the pursuit of individuals to seek their own unique American dream.

This conversation will include a brief review communications technology, consideration of ways in which technology can empower civic engagement, and discussion of how conservatives or libertarians may consider tackling the next century.

Ian Bio

Ian Spencer is a website developer and gadget obsessive with extensive experience building and running aggressive issue advocacy campaigns.

He can speak both geek and wonk and — as is the case for roughly 800,000 other consultants — considers himself a social media expert. Although in his case it may actually be true.

Bret Bio

Bret Jacobson is a partner at Red Edge, where he applies emerging digital tools to defend and promote classical ideals of liberty, small government, and less regulation. Bret was named by Campaigns and Elections as a Disruptor, which probably just seemed like a factual assertion to his poor, beleaguered middle-school teachers.

Bret started in D.C. working to defend companies from overzealous activists, including radical environmentalists, community organizers, and labor union officials. His work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, national cable news, and the most popular online outlets.

Faculty Meeting

When Feb 20, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Conference on Speech & Debate as Civic Education

Hosted By: The Department of Communication, Arts & Sciences and the Center for Democratic Deliberation with invited and competitively selected papers from leaders of the debate and forensics community from across the nation.
When Mar 05, 2015 03:30 PM to
Mar 07, 2015 05:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn
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The conference will feature a keynote address by former debater and presidential speechwriter, Craig R. Smith, along with a luncheon address by another former debater and former dean of the School of Communication at Northwestern University, David Zarefsky.

All conference presentations and provided meals will be hosted at the Nittany Lion Inn, located on the University Park campus.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference planners at debate@psu.edu.

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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Media and Deliberation Series Presents : "An Internet for the 21st Century"

Presented By: Evgeny Morozov, Contributing Editor, The New Republic
When Mar 17, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 102 Paterno Library - Foster Auditorium
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Faculty Meeting

When Mar 20, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : “Truth Replaced by Silence: Private Censorship in Russia”

Featured Guest: Charles Crabtree (Political Science Graduate Student and McCourtney Institute Graduate Research Fellow, Penn State)
When Mar 31, 2015
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where TBA
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Faculty Meeting

When Apr 03, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : “The Contribution of State Courts to Inequality in America”

Featured Guest: Michael Nelson (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Penn State)
When Apr 07, 2015
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where TBA
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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy Roundtable Presents : “The Impact of State-Mandated Insurance Coverage on Access to Infertility Treatment”

Featured Guests: : Erin Heidt-Forsythe (Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science, Penn State) and Michelle McGowan (Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Bioethics, Penn State)
When Apr 09, 2015
from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Colloquium Presents: "“It’s Penn State’s Fault: My Career”

Presented By: Roderick Hart, Professor - Department of Communication Studies, Dean – Moody College of Communication, Shivers Chair in Communication, Director – Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
When Apr 10, 2015
from 03:35 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 158 Willard
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Abstract:

I owe so much of my good fortune to Penn State and the education it provided me.  But my graduate education also horribly warped me, turning me into a frankensteinian creature trapped between the humanities and the social sciences.  Personally, I’ve been happy enough living in this netherworld but my approach to scholarship deeply offends tidier scholars.  I shall try to redeem myself on April 10th by discussing the value of Big Data approaches to rhetorical behavior.  If past is prologue, I’ll make only half of my audience happy.  But which half?

Bio:

Roderick P. Hart holds the Shivers Chair in Communication and is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin where he also serves as Dean of the Moody College of Communication and where he was founding director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.  He is the author or editor of fourteen books, the most recent of which is Political Tone: What Leaders Say and Why (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Hart has been named a Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association, and has received the Edelman Career Award from the American Political Science Association.   He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at U.T-Austin.

CAS Annual Awards Ceremony

When Apr 17, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn, Faculty Staff Club
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Faculty Meeting

When May 01, 2015
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where 124 Sparks
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Graduation Event

When May 09, 2015
from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
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International Communication Association Annual Conference

When May 21, 2015 12:00 AM to
May 25, 2015 12:00 AM
Where San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Rhetoric Society of America, Biennial Summer Institute

When Jun 01, 2015 12:00 AM to
Jun 07, 2015 12:00 AM
Where University of Wisconsin - Madison
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