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Civic Dialogue Series to focus on political hot topics

All sessions in the Civic Dialogue Series will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Partnership Center at Seminole State's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

With the Nov. 4 election approaching, students, faculty and staff are invited to explore different perspectives and share thoughts on three relevant political issues as part of the Civic Dialogue Series.

The series is funded through a $1,000 grant from the Florida Campus Compact, which focuses on helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service.

“We’re hoping to educate students by presenting both sides of some important questions,” says Dr. Jan Lloyd, associate vice president of Student Development, who organized the discussion series. “We want to inspire discussion, engagement and critical thought so students can develop informed opinions about the political process.”

Each hourlong session will begin by allowing each side to make a statement before advancing into open discussion. All participants are encouraged to ask questions, gather information and share their own opinions.

The discussions, all of which take place on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus in the Partnership Center (room UP-1205) at 12:30 p.m., seek to explore the following questions:

  • Oct. 21: Should medical marijuana be legalized? This session will feature video clips from a debate between lawyer John Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, as well as medical input from Dr. Nagi Youssef, program manager for Seminole State’s Pharmacy Technician Program.
  • Oct. 28: Do politicians have an ethical obligation to provide truth in advertising? Communications Professor Michael Artiaga will speak from a journalistic perspective, and Pat Southward will represent the League of Women Voters. Mike Ertel, supervisor of elections for Seminole County, will join the panel as well.
  • Nov. 3: Should an American government course be required to graduate from college? Michael Hoover, professor of political science, and Jim Jollie, program manager of Seminole State’s Fire Science Department, will give input on this proposal to raise students’ awareness of the political process.

Hugh Moore, associate dean for the Center for Business, Management and Entrepreneurship, will moderate the first two discussions, and Dr. Jordan Camenker, program manager for legal studies, will oversee the third. Free food and giveaways are available to the first 30 student participants.

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