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Social scientists are motivated to understand how various facets of society influence all sorts of behavior. Individual’s perceptions about their significance in a given community can have meaningful effects on the way in which we look to communities to develop and foster democratic values and promote civic engagement. In her workshop, Dr. Anderson will take participants through her interdisciplinary approach to studying communities and political behavior, blending the fields of community psychology, sociology, and political science. She will draw on her research into community identity, focusing specifically on how community comes to influence political behavior and engagement. She will discuss civic engagement from the perspective of being an informed consumer of information. We know from previous research that the context in which an individual interacts influences his/her political behaviors and attitudes. With this in mind, Dr. Anderson will explore the following: - how does sense of community influence political behavior and attitudes? And what impact—if any—does involvement in multiple contexts have on political behavior and attitudes? -how does the information environment influence political behavior specifically civic engagement?
Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Tampa
The 40-minute lecture will be followed by a student-faculty discussion on how to approach inclusivity in the classroom. The event coincides with the opening of the call for applications to the 2019-20 Sheila Mason Bursary, designed to provide financial aid to women, BIPOC, LGBTTQIA+ people, and students with disabilities enrolled in a Minor, Major or Honours in Philosophy.
The poor have long been consigned to a group of "included-out" citizens. They are legally living in a place, but they are not afforded the same courtesies, entrusted with the same responsibilities, or respected in parallel processes, as those citizens of greater means and those who behave in manners that are more consistent with "middle class" values. A common sentiment in discussions of poverty and social policy is that decisions made about those living in poverty or near-poverty are illegitimate, inadvisable, and non-responsive to the needs and interests of the poor if the poor themselves are not involved in the decision-making process. In this workshop, Dr. Bryer argues that active citizenship and poverty are indeed inextricably linked. How does poor or low quality public participation of the poor and non-poor contribute to ongoing subsistence poverty across our societies? How are the poor themselves restricted as full participants in democratic life? This workshop delves into these important questions and explores the linkages between engaged citizenship and poverty, drawing on examples from the United States, Canada, parts of Western and Eastern Europe, and South Africa.
Professor, Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, University of Central Florida
What can children teach us about how we learn?
This two-day workshop features seven speakers and seven commentators on the intersection of virtue ethics and political philosophy, and notably on the issue of the relationship between the personal good and the common good.
Former Parliamentary Budget Officer of Canada
Micro-phenomenology is a new scientific discipline enabling us to discover ordinary inaccessible dimensions of our lived experience and describe them accurately and reliably. The development of this "psychological microscope" opens vast fields of investigation in the educational, technological, clinical and therapeutic, as well as artistic and contemplative domains.
This workshop is designed to inform analysis and practice in relation to people who have experienced interpersonal and state violence. This approach has been helpful for counsellors, social workers, human service professionals, activists, researchers, legal and medical professionals and anyone supporting people who have been targeted by violence. Aimed towards anyone interested in helping others recover from violence, racism, prejudice and adversity through the reaffirmation of human dignity and creating positive social responses to those who have been harmed.
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