Have you already decided on who will get your vote on Nov.4 to become the next President of the United States? What about the issues? What about the candidatesâ€™ stance on the issues?Â Â
Even if youâ€™re already leaning toward a particular candidate, the University of San Diego is offering a series of discussions to provide voters with an overview about specific election issues.
David A. Shirk, Ph.D., director of USDâ€™s Trans-Border Institute and assistant professor of Political Science and International Relations, gave a presentation on immigration on Feb. 14.Â Approximately 35 students attended as Shirk presented a balanced look at an important national and local issue.
Shirk’s talkÂ centered on two main points â€” the need for United States immigration policy reform and for economic development in Mexico. He provided statistical information on the history of United States immigration, examined the migration of people from Mexico and discussed reasons why some people do not go through the legal process to enter the United States.He pointed out recent attempts at immigration legislation in Congress and touched on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM)Â Act, which is bipartisan legislation in the Senate (S2205) and the House of Representatives (HR1275). The act offers to help young people who were brought to the United States years ago as undocumented immigrant children who have since grown up here and hace stayed out of trouble.
On March 4, another Election 2008 discussion focused on the question if race, gender and religion really matter in this year’s election. The event, at the United Front Multicultural Center (UFMC), featured Noelle Norton, Ph.D., associate professor of Political Science. UFMC, the Women’s Center adn Democracy Matters sponsored the event. Thirty students attended and most of the discussion focused on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, rather than on John McCain.
Here’s a list of other upcoming Election 2008 events on campus :Â Â
National Security and the War on Terror. 12:30-2 p.m., Thursday, March 6, IPJ rooms H/I.Â Â Featured speaker: Randy Willoughby, Ph.D., professor, Political Science and International Relations.
Republican/Democratic Debate Series: Gun Control and Interrogation Techniques. 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Sponsored by College Republicans and Young Democrats in collaboration with Democracy Matters and the Political Science Honors Association.
Democracy Matters. 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 25, Hahn University Center, room 103. An open forum for students and professors to discuss the election and current issues arising from the election process.
San Diego City Attorney Debate. 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, Joan B. Kroc Institue for Peace & Justice Theatre. USD School of Law and the office of Community and Government Relations sponsor a debate with the four leading candidates for San Diego City Attorney.
Appointments to the Federal Courts. 12:30-2 p.m., Tuesday, April 15,Â Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice,Â room A. Featured speaker:Del Dickson, Ph.D., department chair and professor, Political Science and International Relations.Â Â
Global Warming. 12:30-2 p.m., Thursday, May 1, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, rooms H/I.Â Featured speaker:Â Ron Kaufmann, Ph.D., professor, Marine Science and Environmental Studies.
Resident Faculty/Students. 8-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Missions Cafe. Every Wednesday nioght, Resident Faculty conducts an open discussion of current events pertaining to election issues.
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