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Democracy Across the Disciplines IDIS 280-002-Fall 2017


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12/11: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

Final Exam: Wednesday 12/13 from 7-9:30pm Student attendance required

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IDIS 280: Race & Identity in the United States Lecture Series

Location: Fulton Hall 111

Time: Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm

Every class meeting is open to the public and the Salisbury University community. 

Course Schedule:

8/28: Welcome, Introduction, Discussion

9/4:  Labor Day, NO CLASS.
Supplemental Readings for Community (Students will have assignment): 
Salisbury mayor joins call for removal of confederate historical marker by Liz Holland
Delmarva Today 07-14-2017  Chris Ranck (radio program; can be podcast) 
Should a Monument Honoring a Confederate General Be Removed?  Timothy Parker
Supporters of Confederate Gen. Winder plaque rally in Salisbury  Deborah Gates 
Salisbury's black community troubled by Confederate general's marker  Jeremy Cox
Linda Duyer: Time to clear the Courthouse lawn

9/11: “This is what democracy looks like?!” (Dr. Sarah Surak)
“Democracy Index 2016” The Economist Link: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (or see attachedView in a new window)
“Millennials Deeply Uncertain about Democracy Post-Election, But Few Believe it is in Peril” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Selection from The Federalist #10View in a new window

9/18: “When Democracy Doesn’t Work” (Dr. Eric Rittinger)
“Two eminent political scientists: The problem with democracy is voters” (Click Link) 
“Could Trump set off a constitutional crisis? Here’s what we can learn from Latin America” (Click Link)

9/25: “The Mathematics of Democracy” (Dr. Alex Halperin)
Patrick. You Can't 'Waste Your Vote'! (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Najmabadi, Shannon: "Meet the Math Professor Who's Fighting Gerrymandering With Geometry" View in a new window
Ingraham, Christopher: "This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see"View in a new window
Polling Sample Size Calculator
Silver, Nate: "For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased"

10/2: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

10/9: “Why School?: Democratic Visions and Unjust Realities in Education” (Dr. Erin Stutelberg)
John Taylor Gatto (2005) Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling. Excerpt from Chapter 1: The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher.
Paulo Freire (2008) Pedagogy of the Oppressed (30th Anniversary Edition). Excerpt from Chapter 2: Definition of “banking education”
Mike Rose (2014) Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us. Chapter 13: Finding the Public Good Through the Details of Classroom Life.

10/16: “Checking out democracy: Dewey need libraries, anyway?” (Angeline Prichard)
ALA Library Bill of Rights
Baltimore’s Enoch-Pratt Library Stays Open
Open Access Week Video  

10/23: Journalism and Democracy (Dr. Jennifer Cox)
Why Every City Needs a Beat Reporter
Why We Need Investigative Journalism and a Free Press

10/30: "Literature in the Democratic Imagination" (Dr. Shane Hall)
Chapter from Thomas King's the Truth About StoriesView in a new window
"Let America Be America Again." by Langston Hughes (Links to an external site.)

11/6: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

11/13: Marginalization and Political Access (Dr. Shawn McEntee)
Roscigno, Vincent.  Power, Sociologically Speaking (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Raskoff, Sally.  The Nuances of Naming (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

11/20: “Community Organizing and the Psychology of Protest” (Dr. Michele Schlehofer)

11/27: "Social work and the spirit of democracy: Facilitating mutual aid groups and legislative advocacy for vulnerable citizens" (Dr. Jim Forte)

12/4: “Revolution and Revelation: Alexander Hamilton in History, Memory, and Music" (Dr. Creston Long and Dr. Dean Kotlowski) PLUS: Live performances from Hamilton!

12/11: Discussion: Democracy Every Day

Final Exam: Wednesday 12/13 from 7-9:30pm Student attendance required

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