Public Affairs Events Calendar

January 2017

No events are scheduled at this time

February 2017

Friday, February 3 - Movie Night - "Haunted"
"Haunted," filmed as the Syrian Civil War began to slowly bear down on Damascus, explores the lives of residents who were forced to decide whether to stay and protect their homes or to flee and leave everything behind. The Toronto Film Festival called the film, "an eloquent meditation on the physical, emotional and psychological toll of displacement."

Wednesday, February 8 - Yuan Zhang, Copenhaver Scholar in Residence - Humanism, China, and the United States
How might an early twentieth century American intellectual movement help us better understand China? How might such an understanding promote a more fruitful way of thinking about relations between China and the United States? Professor Yuan Zhang will speak to both of these questions by explaining the influence of the American New Humanism movement on early twentieth century Chinese intellectuals.  Dr. Yuan Zhang is an award-winning professor of comparative literature at Beijing Normal University. She teaches and conducts research on the influence of the American New Humanism movement in China, and she has translated into Chinese a variety of Western political and philosophical works from the early modern period.
When: 7:30pm
Where: Logan Gallery, Bank Building

March 2017

Wednesday, March 15 - "The Affordable Care Act: Fact, Fiction, and Future"
Have you been following the ups and downs of the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare)? All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a panel of health policy experts to discuss the status and future of U.S. health policy. The panel will include Rodney Whitlock (Vice President, Mintz Levin Strategies, Washington, DC), Alice Kassens (John S. Shannon Professor of Economics), Shannon Anderson (Associate Professor of Sociology), and Bryan Parsons (Assistant Professor of Political Science).
Where: Logan Gallery, Bank Building

Friday, March 17 - Movie Night - "The Syrian Bride"
The IR program faculty invite you to the second of a series of topical and current movies/documentaries with a focus on this years IR theme--Immigration. These are intended to enhance our understanding of this subject and how it relates to  international politics.  A 30-minute discussion will usually follow the formal screening. Prize drawing at the end of the session-and come early to get a bean bag seat!

Mona's wedding day may be the saddest of her life. Once she crosses the border into Syria, she will never be allowed back to her beloved family in the Druze village of Majdal Shams. Shot on location in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, The Syria Bride is a powerful film about physical, mental and emotional borders and the courage it takes to cross them. Told with great humor and compassion, its story provides an emotionally stirring look at the human side of political conflict, focusing on the hopes and dreams of one family trapped in no-man's land between two nations.
When: 4:30pm
Where: Logan Gallery, Bank Building

Monday, March 20 - "The State of Free Speech"
The Public Affairs Society welcomes students, faculty, and the Roanoke College community to come experience a debate between Lincoln Caplan and Steven Heyman, two leading first amendment scholars, as they discuss the extent of free speech protection under the Constitution. Professors Caplan and Heyman will provide a comprehensive analysis of the right to free speech in the United States, covering such topics as: the role of corporations, religious institutions, and internet culture in shaping our perceptions of "free speech;" the difference between free speech and acceptable speech; free speech on college campuses; the freedom to misinform; and if rational political discourse is still possible in the modern political climate.
When: 7:00pm

Where: Wormann Ballroom, Colket Center

Friday, March 31 - "U.S. and Russia in the Context of Eastern Europe: Friends or Foe?"
Panelists: Dr. Rob Willingham, Dr. Martha Kuchar, Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef
When: 2:20pm
Where: Pickle Lounge