What is the role of the United States in the world?

For immediate release…
Monday – Feb. 3, 2014

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Should the U.S. be the world’s policeman?

That question was posted on the Democracy Square whiteboard in the Northern Kentucky University Steely Library foyer last week and the answers spanned the spectrum.

“Yes,’’ said one student, “but only for the right reasons. Not oil, resources, money, power.” But another responded, “No! Different cultures do not see things the way we do. Different cultures have different views of ethics.”

NKU students will  have a chance to discuss this topic further at the next Democracy Square Live on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Student Union 108 in a dialogue facilitated by Dr. Ryan Salzman, assistant political science and criminal justice professor. The free event is open to all NKU students. All views are welcome, as are all students.

Democracy Square Live dialogues are designed to engage NKU students in discussion of public affair. Students are asked to complete some background reading on the topic before attending. The readings can be found on the DSL website.

Democracy Square and its companion program,  Democracy Square Live, are supported by the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement. Email engage@nku.edu.

Most readings for Democracy Square Live are drawn from The New York Times as part of NKU’s Newspaper Readership Program. The readings  are not required for attendance but are recommended to give all participants some common background for the discussion

Two more Democracy Square Live dialogues are upcoming:

  • Feb. 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Student Union 106, hosted by economics professor Dr. Gary Clayton. The topic is the federal deficit. Students interested should have a look at this New York Times’ interactive tool for understanding federal budgeting.

  • Feb. 24, 3-4p.m., Student Union 106, hosted by history professor Dr. Sharon Vance. This event will include a guest, Dr. David Harris of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. The topic is race and justice in the United States in the 21st century. Students interested should visit this New York Times site for background reading: Room for Debate: Racism in the Age of Obama.

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