Public Seminar Series

Fall 2017 Public Seminar Series

UNIV 399C: Ensuring a World Fit for Children? Rethinking Our Civic Responsibilities
(1-3 Credits)

Children in Indonesia on sidewalk and pedacabWhat prospects do children born today face and what is required to ensure a world fit for children? What is the civic responsibility of citizens, government and society to address these challenges and improve the opportunities for all children? How can the international community strengthen its commitment to children’s welfare, well-being, and life opportunities around the world?This experiential seminar series will explore the status of children (i.e., standards of living) and the key challenges (i.e., education, health, homelessness, poverty, war and conflict) they face around the world in the 21st Century. The seminar will highlight promising strategies for improving children’s well-being in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the developing world. The seminar will draw directly on the perspectives of leading nonprofit and civil society leaders through formal presentations and documentary films to identify possible policies and practices that will ensure a world fit for children.

Location: Beyond the Classroom Seminar Room, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1,
Time: Monday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Jim Riker


UNIV 399Z: Rethinking Human Security: Beyond the Immigration and Refugee Crisis
(1-3 Credits)

Child in refugee campholding sign saying, S O S help me Due to conflict, environmental disasters, and economic displacement, people around the world are now confronting a world without citizenship. This seminar will explore the possibilities for promising solutions for enhancing human security and citizenship by 2030. Drawing on examples from around the world, students will examine the dynamics for local and global civic action in addressing the immigration and refugee crises around the world. This seminar series will draw on the professional insights and perspectives of civil society and government leaders as well as documentary films to explore these pressing issues.

Location: Beyond the Classroom Seminar Room, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1
Time: Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm,
Instructor: Dr. Jim Riker


Spring 2018 Seminar

UNIV399P: PEOPLE POWER: ACTIVISM FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (1-3 credits)

Demonstraters marching with signsThis seminar series will explore the factors that lead to successful “people power” movements and citizen initiatives for social change.

What is "people power" and how can citizen activism advance positive social change on key civic issues?
On what issues historically has “people power” made a significant impact?
What are the lessons for contemporary civic activism today?

This series will draw directly on the perspectives of leading nonprofit and civil society activists through documentary films and formal presentations of successful "people power" initiatives for social change at the local, national, and global levels. The series will focus on the pioneers of key people power movements, the rise of people power movements in the Arab World and beyond, the women’s rights movement, the global environmental movement, and the role of citizen activism in advancing democracy and constructive social change in the United States and around the world.

VENUE & TIME: Beyond the Classroom Seminar Room, 1102 South Campus Commons, Building 1, Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm, Spring Semester 2017.
INSTRUCTOR: Dr, James Riker, Director, Beyond the Classroom