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Civic Engagement & Leadership

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New York Times Talks

Join the conversation by attending a New York Times Talk. New York Times Talks are a way to get students more engaged with local, regional, national, and/or international occurrences. Students, faculty, and staff gather to discuss and have a conversation on a topic that is right from the headlines. Talks are usually facilitated by a TU faculty or staff member. We don’t just feed the brain we also feed you! Free pizza and beverages are provided at each of the Talks.


Past topics have ranged from health care reform to gay marriage, immigration to climate change. Attendees are encouraged to be active participants in the conversation, as well as have an open mind and be respectful of other’s thoughts, opinions, and ideas.


The New York Times Talks are now held twice a month from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM in the University Union Room 305. See schedule below for more details.

The Office of Civic Engagement & Leadership is looking for dynamic faculty and staff members who are interested in engaging students, faculty, and staff in a conversation about topics facing our neighborhoods, our nation, and our country ripped right from the headlines!

If you are interested in facilitating a New York Times Talk or have any questions about facilitating a talk please contact Scott Hackett, Coordinator for Civic Engagement at


Fall 2014 Schedule:

Topic Facilitator(s) Date & Time Location Relevant Articles
Refugee Crisis, not an Immigration Crisis

Dr. Niki Fabricant, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Lea Ramsdell, Professor, Foreign Languages

Dr. Santiago Solis, Senior Director, Center for Student Diversity

Tuesday September 9

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis


Women's Health & the Affordable Care Act (ACA):

A Victory or Failure?

Dr. Wendy Whitner, Professor, College of Health Professions


September 24

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

Senate Passes Women's Health Amendment

In Hobby Lobby Ruling, a Missing Definition Stirs Debate

Women's Health at Risk

Texas Legislators Set to Restore Women's Health Budgets

Persuasion & the Upcoming Elections

Dr. Richard Vatz, Professor, Instructional Leadership & Professional Development


October 7

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

The Positives of Negative Ads: When it comes to political Campaigns, playing nice is a good way to lose

A Better Debate

The Gubernatorial Debates Should Cut Through Mudslinging

Conservation Consciousness: Living a Sustainable Lifestyle

Steve Kolb,

Energy Manager

Office of Sustainability


October 22

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

Transmission Inefficiency

NYC Lighting Upgrade

Obama to Give Push on Climate

Smart Power Strip

Passing the Test: Diversifying Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in the Teaching Profession.

Patrick Malloy, M.A.T.

Learning Disabilities Specialist

Disability Support Services


November 5

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

How to Diversify Teaching
"What's Your Ferguson? Social Injustice Implications"

Anee Korme

Asst. Director of African American Student Development

Center for Student Diversity


November 18

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

Citites Rocked by Past Protests Offer Lessons in What, and What Not, to Do

Cincinnati Still Healing From Its Riots, and Has Lessons to Share With Ferguson

Free and Safe Data... or is it?

Megan Browndorf

Research & Instruction Librarian

Cook Library


December 3

12:00PM - 1:30PM

University Union 305

Tim Berners-Lee, Web Creator, Defends Net Neutrality

Microsoft & Other Frims Pledge to Protect Student Data

S.E.C Raises Barrier to Disclosure of Information

Past New York Times Talk Lunches

NY Times Talk Lunches have been a Towson tradition for the past several terms. Each term brings new issues to the forefront, promoting fresh debate and new ideas.


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Fax: 410-704-3441




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