DukesVote is a student-led initiative at JMU, which strives to enhance the mission of civic engagement among the students by facilitating easier access to the tools and resources needed to register to vote and taking an active role in the democratic process. DukesVote brings together the work of both political and student leadership organizations on campus. The student leadership of the Student Government Association, JMU Virginia-21, College Democrats, and College Republicans work together collaboratively to facilitate easy registration with the use of TurboVote and the information necessary to make an educated electoral decision. DukesVote also seeks to enhance student participation in local civic life by providing opportunities for students to participate in Harrisonburg civic life.
Events (Spring 2017)
FEBRUARY 20 - APRIL 5, 2017
DRAWING ON THE LEFT: BEN SHAHN AND THE ART OF HUMAN RIGHTS
DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART
GUEST CURATOR: LAURA KATZMAN, PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY
OPENING RECEPTION: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017, 5:00-7:30 PM.
OPENING REMARKS DELIVERED BY PRESIDENT JONATHAN ALGER, 5:30 PM.
Born into a Lithuanian-Jewish family, Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was an American social realist artist and left-wing political activist who devoted his life to fighting injustice and promoting the rights of marginalized and persecuted people. This exhibition features paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs from the 1930s through the 1960s that focus on issues of poverty and unemployment; war and fascism; labor unions and workers’ rights; civil and human liberties; racial, ethnic, and class discrimination; and the threats of nuclear weapons. In short, Shahn stimulated the social conscience of a wide-ranging audience with art that is still powerfully relevant today.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017
Democracy in Peril?
Why Vladimir Putin is a Threat to Democracy and Peace
The series is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Gandhi Center, and the Office of Faculty Access and Inclusion.
HARRISON HALL, ROOM 1261
Dr. Mary Louise Loe, Professor Emerita of Russian History, will explain Putin’s rise and the danger he poses to world peace. Her presentation will be followed by an open discussion in which audience members from all political viewpoints are encouraged to participate.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017
Ben Shahn Exhibition Public Program
Organized by SADAH and JMuse Café
Envisioning Change: Activism in Art
(gallery tour/short films/discussion)
DUKE GALLERY COURTYARD
6:30-8:30 PM; CATERED RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
Democracy in Peril?
How Democracies Die
The series is co-sponsored by the History Department, the Gandhi Center, the Office of Faculty Access and Inclusion, and JMU's Lifelong Learning Institute.
WILSON HALL AUDITORIUM
The study of history reveals that no political system is permanent. What factors undermine democracy? Drawing on his research on ancient and modern political philosophy, Scott J. Hammond, Professor Political Science at JMU, will address these concerns as they relate to American politics. Is American democracy more vulnerable today than in the past? What elements in American society destabilize democratic institutions, and how can we protect self-government? Dr. Hammond’s presentation will be followed by an open discussion in which audience members from all political viewpoints are encouraged to participate.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017
Civil Rights, Human Rights, & Social Justice
Organized in conjuction with the Cultural Connections/Encore exhibition, Drawing on the Left: Ben Shahn and the Art of Human Rights, Feb. 20-April 5, 2017.
DUKE HALL COURTYARD
For more information contact Professor Laura Katzman, email@example.com
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 6:30-8:00 PM
JMuse Café and Civic Engagement Task Force Event
Staying informed on Policy Issues in a Fast-Moving Environment
Planning group: JMuse Café (Jenne/Ashley), Lori, Elise
This session is designed to help campus and community members consider how to best stay informed about policy issues in a fast-paced environment. How do we use media sources and governmental sources to stay abreast of proposed policies? How do we gain balanced information to become more knowledgeable about national, state and local policies?
"Democracy in Peril?" now has a website!!!
A forum for presentations and open discussions about current politics
Sponsored by the History Department, the Gandhi Center, and the Office of Faculty Access and Inclusion
Organized by Profs. Jack Butt, Jessica Davidson, Michael Gubser, and Kevin Hardwick