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MICA Constitution Day Symposium: "Is this what democracy looks like?"

September 22, 2017
12:30PM - 6:30PM
Brown Center, Falvey Hall
In this symposium, we are questioning our assumptions and understanding of our democracy within the US. Given the current political climate, many individuals and groups find themselves at a crossroads with regards to race, immigration, education and personal responsibility, amongst other issues. The panelists in this symposium will probe deeper into the role of the everyday citizen in defining democracy and question whether our actions shape our democracy or does our democracy shape our actions?
12:30-2:00pm: Panel 1: "Restoring Civic Culture"
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          Kalima Young - Moderator (Educator, activist, facilitator, owner & at Kubla Khan Productions)

          Dorcas Gilmore (GW Law, Baltimore Activating Solidarity Economies (BASE))

          Graham Coreil-Allen (Graham Projects - New Public Sites walking tour series

           Gianna Rodriguez (Baltimore Youth Arts)

2:00-2:30 BREAK
2:30-4:00pm: Panel 2: "Educating for a Democratic Society"

            Amy Scott - Moderator (Senior Education Correspondent for Marketplace, NPR)

            Zeke Cohen (Baltimore City Councilman)

            Joseph Manko (Principal Liberty Elementary – Baltimore)

            Adriane Pereira (MICA MAT)

             Khadija Adell (North Avenue Knowledge Exchange)

4:00-5:00 BREAK
5:00-6:30pm: Closing Conversation
The Closing Event will pair the artist Mel Chin in conversation with Johns Hopkins Professor of Political Science & Africana Studies, Professor Lester K. Spence. The participants will consider the role of art within a democratic society and the role of the everyday citizen in defining democracy. 
This year's Constitution Day events will be part of the opening of MICA’s Academic Year 2017 and will serve as the official launch of the College-Wide initiative, MICA Making Democracy.