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Current Events 2014

Bullying: How Do We Prevent It?
Mar. 20, Mar. 27, April 3, April 10, 2014, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Room C-212


Linked Futures – Communities, Higher Education, and the Changing World of Work
April 18 from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Seating is limited. Please register by emailing Dr. Windy Lawrence at lawrencew@uhd.edu.

Linked Futures builds on Shaping Our FutureHow Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?, a National Issues Forum and American Commonwealth Partnership public deliberation launched at a National Press Club event on September 4, 2012, with Undersecretary Martha Kanter and higher education and civic leaders including David Mathews, president of Kettering Foundation, Muriel Howard, President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Scott Peters, Co-director of Imagining America, Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University, and others. Shaping Our Future has convened more than 150 forums across the country, bringing together college students, parents, faculty, employers, retirees, policy makers, and others to deliberate about the purpose of higher education and its roles in the society.

The findings, described in Divided We Fail, a report by Jean Johnson of the public opinion and engagement group Public Agenda, revealed a gap between the ways in which lay citizens outside the policy making arena talk about higher education and the education debate among elected officials and other policy makers. As Johnson puts it, “Facing a more competitive international economy and relentlessly rising college costs, leaders say now is the moment for higher education to reinvent itself.” In contrast, “Forum participants spoke repeatedly about the benefits of a rich, varied college education…where, in their view, students have time and space to explore new ideas and diverse fields.” Lay citizens emphasized the need to broaden, not narrow, educational opportunities, given the rapid change in workplaces. The next stage is Linked Futures. UHD's CPD invites the community to work with the American Commonwealth Partnership to begin the next phase of dialogue.


Past Events for 2014

How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?
Feb. 6, Feb. 14, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Room C-212


“Deliberating Racial and Ethnic Tensions.”
February 28, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Commerce Building, Room C-230 View the issue guide Adobe Acrobat Reader Icon - Download Reader Link


January 23, 2014 – Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want. 9:50 - 11:15 AM, Room C-212
Part of a national discussion in partnership with American Commonwealth Partnership and National Issues Forums Institute. Issue Guide, View the flyer, View the Video, Contact: Dr. Windy Lawrence.


“Framing What is Important to Our Community"
Jan. 14 to Jan. 30, 2014 Online Deliberation



Past Events for 2013

Discussing the Dream Act (part of Hispanic Heritage Month)
Tue., Oct. 15, 7:00pm; A-436
(a panel of speakers) We will hear from various persons about their perspectives on how the Dream Act has gone, and what future possibilities there are.


Muslim Christian Interfaith Dialogue (Pt. II)
Tue., Oct. 22, 7:00 p.m.; At the Islamic Da’wah Center, 201 Travis St., Houston, 77002
Small group sessions. This event is a follow-up of the previous interfaith event, and is designed to allow students and other participants talk at greater length about the issues broached earlier.


Pre-Law Society Debates the Model United Nations
Mon., Nov. 4, 7:00pm (Tentative)


The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Turkish Perspective
Tue., Sept. 24, 6:30pm: C-100
Metin Cetiner, Vice Chairman of the Kimse Yok Mu Association, a large Turkish relief organization, will speak about this crisis, which has become so central to the news lately.


Muslim and Christian Interfaith Dialogue
Tue., Oct. 1, 6:30pm: C-100
Ameer Abuhalimeh, Islamic Da’wah Center and Dr. Paul Fortunato, UHD. This will be an introductory event, addressing similarities and differences between the faiths, and possibilities for communication and pursuit of peace.


Christianity and Islam: Interfaith Dialogue
Wed., April 17, 2013.
6:30-8:00pm. Buffalo Bayou Room (A-300).
Ali R. Candir, Exec. Dir., Institute of Interfaith Dialog. Rev. Gena Davis, Vicar, Grace Episcopal Church. Unless people of different faiths can talk peacefully and productively, the future of society is in peril. Please participate in this important dialogue event. UHD CPD will be carrying out a sustained dialogue in coming semesters. Please register by emailing your name and affiliation to Dr. Paul Fortunato, fortunatop@uhd.edu


The Human Trafficking Tragedy in Asia Mon., Mar. 25, 2013 2:30-4pm. Buffalo Bayou Room (A-300) Speaker: Vinh Ho, the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA).

  • Informative talk by speaker
  • Small group discussions
  • Discussion of things we can do to help



Past Events for 2012

November 6, 8, 13, 20, 2012, – Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want. 9:50 - 11:15 AM, Room C-222 Part of a national discussion in partnership with American Commonwealth Partnership and National Issues Forums Institute. Issue Guide, View the flyer , View the Video, Contact: Dr. Windy Lawrence.


Tue., Oct. 30, 2012 – It’s the End of the World! Perspectives on our obsession with the end times. 2:30 p.m. Room: W.C. Auditorium. Contact: Dr. Paul Fortunato.


Thu., Oct. 11, 2012 – Why Does the Hispanic/Latino Vote Matter? (Hispanic Heritage Month Event). History Professor, David Branham, Aldolfo Santos. 1:00 p.m.– 2:15 p.m. Room: C-100. Contact: Dr. Paul Fortunato.


Mon., Sept. 24, 2012 – Presidential Election Discussion. A real, thoughtful discussion of the candidates and issues.
10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Room: A-300. Co-Sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center. Contact: Dr. Paul Fortunato. View event flyer


Apr. 19, 2012 – Trayvon Martin: Historical Implications. 4 speakers, and discussion. W. C. Auditorium. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Co-Sponsored by the UHD Library. Contact: Dr. Paul FortunatoView the flyer Adobe Acrobat Reader Icon - Download Reader Link


Apr. 17, 2012 – The Anguish of the Journey: Central American Migration through Mexico. Fr. Heyman Vasquez, of House of Mercy. 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Room: A-436. Buffalo Bayou Room. Sponsored by the Dept. of Social Work. Contact: Dr. Dawn McCarty
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Apr. 16, 2012 – Freedom of speech at universities? or promoting religion? Where is the line? 11:30am – 12:45 p.m. Room: N-420. Co-sponsored by the UHD Library. Contact: Dr. Paul Fortunato. View the flyer Adobe Acrobat Reader Icon - Download Reader Link


Read the issue guide Adobe Acrobat Reader Icon - Download Reader Link for the Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want? View the flyer Adobe Acrobat Reader Icon - Download Reader Link for the Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want?


Apr. 16, 2012 – Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want? Held in Room A711 from 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. .


Apr. 11, 2012 – Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want? Held in Room A711 from 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Apr. 9, 2012 – Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We Want? Held in Room A711 from 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Feb. 29, 2012 Agnosticism, Humanism, and Buddhism: Worldviews on the Margins. 11:15am – 12:45pm. C-100. Co-sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center.


Feb. 7, 2012 4 Political Philosophies: Socialism, Liberalism, Conservatism, Libertarianism. 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. The UHD Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center.



Past Events for 2011

Nov. 17, 2011 - Public Deliberation in partnership with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue: Race, Campus Life, and the American Dream. Held in Room A606.


Nov. 15, 2011 - Public Deliberation in partnership with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue: Race, Campus Life, and the American Dream. Held in Room A606.


Nov. 10, 2011 - Public Deliberation in partnership with the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue: Race, Campus Life, and the American Dream. Held in Room A606.


Nov. 8, 2011 - Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Inter-Religious Dialogue: Balancing Tolerance and Truth-Telling.
7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. The UHD Auditorium Co-sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center.


Oct. 18, 2011 - Hispanic Heritage Public Deliberation: What does it mean to be Hispanic/Latino in Texas?
7:00 – 8:30 p.m., N-1099 Hispanic Heritage Month Co-sponsored by the Cultural Enrichment Center.


Feb. 10, 2011 - Race & Katrina – A follow-up to our Fall Discussion & an Ice Cream Social
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: N-1099. Small Group discussions followed by a large group summary. An Ice Cream Social. Moderator: Diana Bowen. Co-sponsored by: Black History Month, Cultural Enrichment Center.



Past Events for 2010

Nov. 12, 2010 - Outliers and Cultural Legacy: Why It’s Hard to Talk about Race, and Why We Need to Do It.
A student-discussion. 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. N-1099.


Oct. 12, 2010 - “God and the Commons: the place of religion in the public sphere."
A Public Deliberation. 8:00 – 9:45 a.m. N-420. Moderators included CPD faculty as well as students of Diana Bowen, Communications.


Sept. 21, 2010 - Discussion of the Muslim Community Center Near Ground-Zero.
Alp Aslandogan, Pres., Institute for Interfaith Dialog; Derek de la Pena, Psychology, UHD; Michael Duncan, English, UHD. 7:00 - 8:30pm. UHD Auditorium.


Apr. 13, 2010 - “God and the Commons: the place of religion in the public sphere.”
A Public Deliberation. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., N-420. Moderators included CPD faculty as well as students of Paul Fortunato, English.


Apr. 1, 2010 - Gender Conference Panel: Gender and Religious Identity.
Moderator: Edmund Cueva. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., A-300. Student Presenters: Michael Stastny, Christina Guajardo, Patricia Guerra, Adriana Rodriguez.


Mar. 10, 2010 - Information on 3 Faiths: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism.
Rabbi Kenny Weiss, Houston Hillel, Dr. Ibrahim Sumer, Religious Studies, University of Houston, Guru Dr. Medley, International Society for Krishna Consciousness. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., A-436.



Past Events for 2009 and 2008

Spring 2009 - Fall 2009 Spring 2009 Achieving the Dream Dialogue-to-Action Initiative: Creating More College Student Success Click the link to view description of initiative, program goals, issue guide, DTA minutes, a slideshow documentary, the final report, and who and what the Implementation Teams are doing now (their on-going meeting minutes).


Summer 2008 - National Issues Forums: Achieving the Dream at UHD (Click on the link to view description of initiative, program goals, issue guide, and the final report.)


Spring 2008 - UHD CPD Community Workshop: Learning to Moderate & Record National Issues Forums Watch Virginia York moderate a forum at this workshop UHD CPD hosts this two-day workshop for all members of the community who are interested in learning how to hold deliberative forums in their own communities and workplaces.


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