Don't Hate - Debate and Vote! Virtual Teach-in Event on Oct. 23
Don't Hate - Debate and Vote! Virtual Teach-in Event on Oct. 23

Don’t Hate – Debate (and Vote)!

An all-day Kent State Teach-In (via Zoom) on Friday, Oct. 23 beginning at 10 a.m.
 

 


The coming election is important. Your vote is your voice and it’s essential that everyone’s voice be heard.

It’s also important to be an informed voter. But it can be hard  - and stressful - to sort through all the information, misinformation, PACs, bots, viral memes, toxic debate and inflamed rhetoric.

Join us online for an engaging, non-toxic and interactive Teach-In sponsored by the College of Communication and Information, the School of Peace and Conflict Studies and the Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

Teach-In topics will touch on many aspects of the elections, politics, political/social polarization and civil discourse.

Each segment will be about 15 minutes long (some longer, some shorter) and will have a 10-15 minute period afterward for your questions.

Time 

Topic

Speaker(s)

10:00-
10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Background on Teach-Ins

Paul Haridakis, Program Moderator,
Professor and Interim Director, School of Communication Studies 

10:15-
10:45 a.m.

"How Making Change Has Changed Since the 60s"

Sara Koopman, Assistant Professor, School of Peace & Conflict Studies

10:45-
11:15 a.m.

“The Tinkers: A Model for Making a Difference”

Candace Perkins Bowen, Professor, Media & Journalism 

11:15-
11:45 a.m.

"The Coddling of the Collegiate Mind"

Brandon Allen, Student Presenter 

11:45 a.m. -
12:15 p.m.

"Who Gets to Defines Civility?"

David Silva, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

12:15-12:45 p.m.

"You’ve Tweeted Your Politics—Now What?"

Izzy Stewart, Student Presenter 

12:45-
1:15 p.m.

"Think Before You Link: How to Recognize and Neutralize Fake News"

Michele Ewing, Professor, Media & Journalism
Cheryl Ann Lambert, Associate Professor, Media & Journalism

1:15-1:45 p.m.

“Finding the Facts & Fixing the Fake News: Understanding Where to Look to Learn About Candidates’ Information”

Michael Daniels, Director, Student Multicultural Center

1:45-2:15 p.m.

"Are Conspiracy Theorists Paranoid or Politically Savvy?"

Rekha Sharma, Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies

2:15-2:45 p.m.

"Rehumanizing Politics: Let’s Start Local"

Ethan Lower, Student Presenter 

2:45-3:15 p.m.

"The Importance of Down Ballot"

Tyler Gardner, Student Presenter 

3:15-3:45 p.m.

"Fashion on Election Day: What to Wear to Cast Your Vote"

Ann Walter, Associate Lecturer, New York Studio

3:45-4:15 p.m.

"Stop Polarizing my Period! The Politics of Menstruation"

Claire Weihe, Student Presenter 

4:15-4:45 p.m.

"Voting: The Cure for Covid-19"

Tina Bhargava, Associate Professor, Social and Behavior Science

4:45-5:15 p.m.

“Healthcare 2020: Vote Like Your Life Depends on It (Because It Does!)”

Kimberly Garchar, Associate Professor, Philosophy

5:15-5:45 p.m.

“Breaking Barriers of Voter Suppression Tactics in 2020."

Latesha Dukes, Graduate Student Presenter

5:45-6:15 p.m.

"Moments of Pause: Poetry and Civil Dialogue"

David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center

Time 

Topic

Speaker(s)

10:00-
10:15 a.m. 

 

Welcome and Background on Teach-Ins

 

Paul Haridakis, Program Moderator
Professor and Interim Director, School of Communication Studies

Neil Cooper, Program Moderator
Director, School of Peace & Conflict Studies 

10:15-
10:45 a.m.

"How Making Change Has Changed Since the 60s"

Sara Koopman, Assistant Professor, School of Peace & Conflict Studies

10:45-
11:15 a.m.

"Can We Still Be Friends? Agreement and Understanding in Conversations About Race"

Liz Piatt, Assistant Dean, University College 

11:15-
11:45 a.m.

"'Agree to Disagree' and Other Statements that Unintentionally Harm Conversations and Increase Conflict"

Amanda Paulus-Woodyard, Director, Community Engaged Learning

11:45 a.m. -
12:15 pm.

“Live your vote: action beyond the election”

Craig Berger, Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning
Tina Bhargava, Associate Professor, Social and Behavior Science
Cassie Pegg-Kirby, Women's Center Director

12:15-
12:45 p.m.

"Taking a Knee to the Next Level: Athletes, Activism, and the 2020 Election"

Danielle Sarver Coombs, Professor, Media & Journalism

12:45-
1:15 p.m.

"From Robinson to Kaepernick: Athletes and Activism"

Leslie Heaphy, Associate Professor, History 

1:15-
1:45 p.m.

"Having Thoughtful 'Dinner Table' Conversations About the Election"

Meghan Factor-Page, Associate Director, CSI 
Katie Mattise, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Cassie Pegg-Kirby, Women's Center Director
Jessica Roshak, Assistant Director, CSI

1:45-
2:15 p.m.

"Constitutional Amendments: Our Right to Change Our Rights"

Mindy Farmer, Director, May 4 Visitor Center
Lori Boes, Assistant Director, May 4 Visitor Center 

2:15-
2:45 p.m.

"Can We Save Democracy Through Friendship?"

Tara Hudson, Assistant Professor, Foundation, Leadership & Administration 

2:45-
3:15 p.m.

“Is Our Nation’s Foundation Strong Enough to Endure?”

Suzanne Holt, Professor, Women's Studies 

3:15-
3:45 p.m.

"Barriers for Women of Color in Student Government and Beyond"

Tiera Moore, President, Undergraduate Student Government 

3:45-
4:15 p.m.

"Education for Peace and Democracy"

Sarah Schmidt, Assistant Director, Global Education
Pacifique Niyonzima, Graduate Assistant, Student Affairs 

4:15-
4:45 p.m.

“How to Badly Rig a Presidential Election: Zimbabwe 2008”

Tim Scarnecchia, Associate Professor, History

4:45-
5:15 p.m.

“Your Vote Can Achieve Extraordinary Things”

Bathi Kasturiarachi, Associate Professor, Mathematical Science

5:15-
5:45 p.m.

"Finding Your Voice."

Roseann "Chic" Canfora, KSU Alumna

5:45-
6:15 p.m.

"Moments of Pause: Poetry and Civil Dialogue"

David Hassler, Director, Wick Poetry Center