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Beyond the Classroom

The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers many opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom.

Congress to Campus and Dominican University

February 2014

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On February 25-26, two former members of Congress – one Republican and one Democrat – spent two days on the Dominican campus, meeting with students to share insights and experiences with the goal of encouraging civic literacy and participation among youth.

Former representatives Frank Riggs (R-CA) and Brian Baird (D-WA) spent February 25-26, at Dominican, talked with students, attended classes, and participated in community forums focused on engaging youth in civic life. The duo visited Dominican as part of the national Congress to Campus program, created by the United States Association of Former Members of Congress and run in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service in order to encourage youth to consider careers in public service.

During the visit Penguin Radio hosted the former members on the air...check it out:
Penguin Radio - Congress to Campus Podcast

 

Dominican Celebrates Constitution Day!

September 17, 2013

 

Election Reform Panel: Congressman Huffman and Congressman Larson on Campus

On April 4, 2013 we were very fortunate to have Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-2) and Congressman John B. Larson (CT-1), Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform hold a panel discussion about Election Reform on campus. They were joined by local experts and engaged in a thoughtful and encouraging discussion about what has been proposed at both the state and federal level to reform the electoral process. Penguin Radio recorded the event...click the link to listen: Penguin Radio - Huffman Larson Debate

 

VoteSmart Challenge

 

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Vote Smart Challenge 2012


On October 23, 2012 we continued our tradition of the "Vote Smart Challenge" that began in 2008. Our 3rd Vote Smart Challenge was designed to help create an informed electorate by motivating people to become involved in the political process. We provided an opportunity for discussion, debate and continue to challenge each other to become active citizens who have the ability to hold government accountable, influence policy, and preserve the legitimacy of our government.

Four student teams covered these issues. Click below to view their e-zines:

 

Issues were presented in an informative, creative, and entertaining manner. They presented an overview of each issue, why the issue is important and what the two main party presidential candidates propose to do about each issue if elected. The audience participated throughout the presentations using instant response devices to express their own opinions about the issues.
 
This year we included students and faculty from Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand and Deree, The American College in Greece, as partners with Dominican students to develop debate questions for all four of the Vote Smart 2012 issues.  Additionally, the Greek team and the Thai team participated with the Dominican audience and responded to the questions via the web at the October 23rd event. This part of project was in collaboration with the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) headquartered in New York.

 

 

VoteSmart 2010


 

Vote Smart Challenge 2010

Building on the success of the Vote Smart Challenge 2008, Vote Smart Challenge 2010 was a university-wide event held two days after the California Gubernatorial Debate.

Five student teams covering the issues of energy, health care, immigration, water, and education presented in an informative, creative, and entertaining manner an overview of each issue, why the issue was important to Californians, and what the two main candidates for governor proposed to do about each issue if elected.

The peer-to-peer format was particularly important for engaging young voters in the political process. The audience participated throughout the presentations using instant responder devices to express their own opinions about the issues.

The goal of Vote Smart Challenge 2010 was to motivate student, faculty, staff and community members to become involved in the political process by providing a platform for discussion, debate, and "challenging" of each other to become active citizens who have the ability to hold government accountable, influence policy, and preserve the legitimacy of our government


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