Citizenship & Democracy Week: schedule of events

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Citizenship & Democracy Week: schedule of events

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Matt Fox, a Miami University junior, asks a question to candidates for the Nov. 8 general election speak about volunteer opportunities and the issues the state and local communities face during the Civic Fair at the Miami University Hamilton campus on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. The event was part of the university’s Citizenship and Democracy Week at its regional and main campuses. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

The third annual Citizenship and Democracy Week on the campuses of Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown kicks off on Monday.

Here’s the complete schedule* of events:

ALL WEEK

MUH Democracy Wall. Topic: “What does it mean to be a good citizen?” Miami University Hamilton

Voter registration: 105 Mosler Hall, MUH

Voter registration: Outside of Hanna House, Oxford

MONDAY

At Miami University Hamilton

9 to 10 a.m. Wilks Conference Center: Public Lecture/Discussion: Dr. Thomas Poetter, “What It’s Like to Run for Congress.” Discussion about American politics with Dr. Poetter, a 2014 candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and author of Losing to Boehner, Winning America (2017). Dr. Poetter is Professor of Curriculum Studies in Miami’s Department of Educational Leadership

1:30 to 3 p.m., Wilks Conference Center: Film Showing and Discussion: “Citizen U.S.A.: A 50-State Road Trip”

4 to 6 p.m., Wilks Conference Center: Civic Volunteer Fair

TUESDAY

At Miami University Hamilton

10 a.m. to noon, Wilks Conference Center: On-Campus Public Session: Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District. Panel: Judges S. Powell, Piper and M. Powell. Observe as the Ohio Court of Appeals for the 12th District hears oral arguments in two cases in a special on-campus session.

At Miami University Middletown:

Noon to 1 p.m., 120 Johnson Hall: Faculty-led Discussion: “Should the Electoral College Be Replaced?” Discussion about method of electing U.S. Presidents. Moderated by Dr. Daniel Young, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Dr. John Forren, Department of Justice & Community Studies

At Miami Hamilton Downtown

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Public Issues Forum: Where Have the Voters Gone? Why aren’t more Americans voting in our elections? What, if anything, should be done to increase voter participation? What are the key elements of a healthy democracy? Come to this session to discuss these issues with others in the community.

At Miami University Oxford

Noon to 1 p.m., Armstrong Student Center, Student Activities Conference Room: Student Training: How to Conduct a Voter Registration Drive. This session is open to student leaders and organizations interested in organizing voter registration drives on campus this fall. The session will provide the information and strategies necessary to hold a successful voter registration drive.

WEDNESDAY

At Miami University Hamilton

9 to 10 a.m., Wilks Conference Center: Public Discussion: The State of Civic Health in Ohio. Join the authors of the National Conference on Citizenship’s Ohio Civic Health Index Report for an interactive discussion of civic engagement in the Buckeye State

Noon to 1 p.m., Mosler Hall patio with pizza: Faculty-led discussion: Free Speech and Democracy. Moderated by Daniel Hall, Department of Justice & Community Studies.

1 to 2:30 p.m., Mosler Hall patio: Civic Action Event: Write for Rights. Take action to voice your views Facilitated by Kelli Johnson, Departments of English and Languages, Literatures and Writing.

2:30 to 4 p.m., Wilks Conference Center: Film showing and faculty-led discussion: “Beyond the Dream.” Groundbreaking new documentary on American immigration policy and its effects.

6 to 8 p.m., Wilks Conference Center: On-Campus Public Session: Hamilton City Council. Watch your local government in action.

THURSDAY

At Miami University Hamilton

8:30 9:30 a.m., MUH main quad: “Share Your Story.” What does citizenship mean to you? Share your thoughts in this oral history project aimed at capturing a diverse array of personal narratives.

10 to 11:30 a.m., MUH main quad: Naturalization Ceremony – U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio. Celebrate with approximately 140 U.S. citizens and their families.

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Schwarm Hall Patio: “Read a Line, Get a Slice!” Public reading of the U.S. Constitution. Participate in a time-honored act of citizenship and get a free slice of pizza.

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Schwarm Hall Patio: Distribution of free copies of the U.S. Constitution.

1:30 to 3 p.m., Wilks Conference Center: Panel Discussion — Citizenship and Social Justice: Several scholars discuss the pursuit of social justice throughout American history. Presented by Professors Michael Carrafiello, J.A. Carter, Martin Johnson and Matthew Smith.

At Miami Hamilton Downtown

6:30 to 8 p.m.: For The People: A Conversation with Your Elected Officials. Learn more about what your local government does in this moderated discussion with several elected officials. Sponsored by the Miami Hamilton Center for Civic Engagement and the Department of Justice and Community Studies.

At Miami University Oxford

5 to 7 p.m., Thompson Hall: Freedom Summer App Event. The Freedom Summer App is a location-based game that uses a mobile device and GPS technology to transport participants to 1964 to train as Freedom Summer volunteers.

7 to 8:30 p.m., 032 Shidler Hall: Public Issues Forum: Where Have All of the Voters Gone? Why aren’t more Americans voting in our elections? What, if anything, should be done to increase voter participation? What are the key elements of a healthy democracy? Come to this session to discuss these issues with others in the community.

*Friday’s Citizenship and Democracy Week events involve students heading to Washington, D.C., for a student field experience for students enrolled in CRD/CJS 270. This is co-sponsored by the Miami Hamilton Center for Civic Engagement, the Department of Justice & Community Studies and the Miami Regionals Office of the Dean.

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