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Fall 2017 Political Communication Courses

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UPDATE, AUGUST 14, 2017--The University of Delaware Center for Political Communication is spreading the word about two political communication courses offered this fall 2017 semester. Please call 302-831-7771 for more information.



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COMM/POSC/LEAD/UAPP 337, Topics in Political Communication: Understanding a Divided Nation

​Clockwise from top left: Carol Henderson, UD Vice Provost for Diversity; Phillip Bannowsky, poet; Gregory Lloyd Morris, playwright; Muqtedar Khan, UD political science professor

CPC Director Nancy Karibjanian will teach this one-credit, pass/fail class on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 8:20 pm. This fall, 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." Entitled "Understanding a Divided Nation," the Topics in Political Communication class examines gender, geographic, religious, partisan, and cultural divisions in the United States. 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 begins on August 31, 2017, and meets at 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, alternating between 204 Gore Hall and Mitchell Hall Auditorium. Seats are still available for interested students. The course is cross-listed as COMM337/POSC337/LEAD337/UAPP337.

The University of Delaware's College of Arts and Sciences invites the community to attend the free lecture series, which takes place in 204 Gore Hall at 7:30 pm on September 13, September 27, October 11, and November 8.

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30–8:20 pm: 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: 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' passion as playwright is focusing on the “underbelly of the community, the streets.” He is the 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: 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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COMM/POSC 447, National Agenda 2017: As We Stand, Divided

As of August 14, 2017, COMM/POSC 447 is full with a waitlist. The evening lecture series, however, is free and open to the community.

The 7th annual National Agenda Speaker Series and its corresponding course (COMM/POSC 447) explore the divides that exist in the United States, including gender, geographic, religious, partisan, and cultural. Six public events held at the Mitchell Hall Auditorium feature top speakers from across the country who address these important issues and how Americans communicate about them in today's political landscape.

Students enrolled in the National Agenda class meet nationally known speakers in the classroom as well as at receptions and dinners. They engage in civil dialogue while discussing divisive issues; reading perspectives from all sides; and developing research skills. The class also fulfills a component for the Political Communication minor.

Students are required to attend each event, all on Wednesday evenings: September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, and November 15. Find out more and view previous programs here: National Agenda 2017 "As We Stand, Divided."

Permission is required to enroll in the course. Email lindsayh@udel.edu if you are interested.

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