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Lecture Series on Understanding a Divided Nation

The University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences invites you to attend a free lecture series entitled "Understanding a Divided Nation." It takes place in 204 Gore Hall at 7:30 pm on September 13, September 27, October 11, and November 8. Speakers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds will help University of Delaware students and members of the community to understand the issues of a divided nation as part of the National Agenda 2017 theme of "As We Stand, Divided."

The series is presented as part of a one-credit Topics in Political Communication class that examines gender, geographic, religious, partisan, and cultural divisions in the United States. Taught by UD Center for Political Communication Director Nancy Karibjanian, the pass/fail course requires students to attend both the National Agenda 2017 "As We Stand, Divided" and the in-class lecture series. The class began on August 31, 2017, and meets at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, alternating between 204 Gore Hall and Mitchell Hall Auditorium. The course is cross-listed as COMM337/POSC337/LEAD337/UAPP337.

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30–8:20 pm: Carol Henderson
UD Vice Provost Carol Henderson

​Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity

The University of Delaware's Vice Provost for Diversity Carol Henderson provides strategic leadership in advancing diversity as an institutional value and academic priority in all facets of the academic community.  Carol Henderson  is the author of Scarring the Black Body: Race and Representation in African American Literature. She is the recipient of several community, professional and research awards, including the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2006, 1996).

Wednesday, September 27, 7:30–8:20 pm: Phillip Bannowsky
Phillip Bannowsky, poet

​Phillip Bannowsky

​An award winning poet, Phillip Bannowsky teaches Poetry of Empowerment and believes in the power of an expressive verse.  Among his efforts are tactical poems crafted to frame the intentions of the Occupy Delaware Movement.  He has published a novel, The Mother Earth Inn (2007), and two volumes of poetry, The Milk of Human Kindness (1985) and Autoplant: a Poetic Monologue (2007).

Wednesday, October 11, 7:30–8:20 pm: Gregory Lloyd Morris
Gregory Lloyd Morris, playwright

​Gregory Lloyd Morris

Gregory Lloyd Morris' passion as playwright is focusing on the “underbelly of the community, the streets.” He is manager for Wilmington, Delaware’s Office Of Cultural Affairs and an adjunct professor for the University of Delaware teaching "Race, Image, in Media/Culture." In 2016, TEDx Wilmington featured his provocative and remarkable approach to street theater. An accomplished playwright, his stage plays "The Belly" and "Second Chances...An American Tale," received critical acclaim. Morris holds a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University. 

Wednesday, November 8, 7:30–8:20 pm: Muqtedar Khan
Muqtedar Khan, UD political science professor

​Muqtedar Khan, Ph.D.

A professor in the University of Delaware's Department of Political Science and International Relations, Muqtedar Khan is the founding director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and a member of the Affiliated Faculty for the Center for Political Communication. 

He is the author of several books including Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West

Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in more than 20 countries.

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