This fall, the Communication Department will integrate/infuse the theme of Political Communication & Civic Engagement throughout all of their courses. To support this effort, a committee of Communication faculty has been working closely with representatives of the Political Science Department and the Division of Student Affairs to develop a full roster of activities & events to complement course readings, lectures, and discussions.
Political Communication and Civic Engagement Fall 2004 Activities:
++USA Today Readership Program - August 16th
Monday, August 16, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., the The Division of Student Affairs will sponsor, with regional and national representatives of USA Today, a session to help all of us consider ways to increase our curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular uses of the USA Today Readership Program. This program lends itself to many possible uses to support the fall theme of politics & civic engagement.
The program, makes available at no cost to students, copies of USA Today, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Philadelphia Daily News five days per week throughout the academic year, in four central locations in the student residences and in the La Salle Union.
++Presentation by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D. - October 7th
The centerpiece of the semester will occur on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 12:45 p.m. in Hayman Hall with a presentation by Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson. The former dean of the Annenberg School at Penn, Jamieson is the country's foremost authority on presidential campaigns and elections and the author of several books on politics. She regularly appears in the national media and is also dynamite as a lecturer.
Dr. Jamieson will lecture on the topic: "The Demise of Fact in Political Debate." The lecture will come shortly after the first presidential debate and just before the second. Very likely her talk will include clips from the first debate as well as examples of political advertising
++Film Screenings - September 22nd, 23rd; October 19th and 21st
In addition to the lecture, the Communication Department will sponsor the showing of two films related to the theme. They will be shown in the Union Theater.
TBA - Wednesday September 22 at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 23 at 9:00 p.m.
The Contender - Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m.
++Panel Discussion with La Salle Alum involved in Politics - October 28th
On Thursday, October 28, in the Union Theater, the Communication & Political Science departments will cosponsor a panel discussion featuring La Salle alumni participating in American politics. The composition of the panel will be announced shortly.
++Presentation by Jane Eisner, Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist - (Date to be Announced)
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Jane Eisner will make an appearance on campus. Eisner was a Penn fellow last year and is very enthusiastic about getting students committed to civic engagement and politics.
++Voter Registration Drive -- Sponsored by SGA -- Encourage your students to register to vote.
++Additional Screenings for Politics & Civic Engagement Semester
- Tuesday, September 14 American President
- 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. Com Center room 100
- Tuesday, October 5 Fahrenheit 9-11
- Tuesday, October 12 Election (Student Life sponsor) 7:00 p.m
- Tuesday, November 30 Erin Brokovich 7:00 p.m