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Speak, Stand, Sit or Scream?

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Speak Stand, Sit or Scream?

How Young People Engage Politics and the World in 2016

Craig Ford, GSAS '18,  Theology (PhD)
Najat Goso, MCAS '18, Communications
Isra Hussain, MCAS '17, Psychology
Russell Simons, MCAS '17, Biology 

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Fulton Hall, Room 511


Abstract: This town hall-style discussion is for the young people on campus to talk about their experience of public life and politics today. Is "millennial" a meaningful term, and does it apply to you? How are you experiencing the toxic political rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign, and the polarized national politics more generally? How should students respond to the great tensions in this country over racial justice and identity, economic class, war and peace, student debt, a tight job market, and general anxiety about the future?

Bring your perspective as a Boston College graduate or undergraduate student, and let's talk about civility, dissent, populism, civic anger, civic virtue, Jesuit and Catholic values, and much more!

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Craig Ford, Jr. is a fourth year doctoral candidate in theological ethics at Boston College. He writes at the intersection of the Catholic moral tradition and queer theory, and his dissertation explores the foundations for a natural law theory that is responsive to interventions made by queer thinkers. Before coming to BC, Craig completed his BA in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and he earned his Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in Theological Ethics.

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Najat Goso is a communication major with a concentration in marketing. She grew up in Boston, the youngest of five children in an Ethiopian, Muslim household. She is the co-director of social media for BC's United Front, an umbrella organization for clubs dedicated to serving and representing students with roots in Africa and the African Diaspora. She is also a part of the Mississippi Delta Volunteer Corps, a BC service trip opportunity. One day she hopes to be part of a marketing team for either an NFL or NBA franchise.

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Isra Hussain is in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in psychology and a minor in Arabic studies. A native of Rhode Island, Isra has completed extensive research in immigrant and refugee healthcare over the past several years at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Spain. She holds leadership positions in GlobeMed at Boston College, the Muslim Students Association, and the International Assistant Program. A Gabelli Presidential Scholar, Isra hopes to pursue a career in global health policy following graduation this May.

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Russell Simons is a senior in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences studying biology with a minor in medical humanities, health, and culture. A member of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program and an aspiring physician, he currently serves as president of the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and editor-in-chief of The Medical Humanities Journal of Boston College. Russell was born and raised in Larchmont, NY, but has been known to root for the Red Sox on occasion.

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According to an August 2016 report published by the Pew Research Center, Millennials and members of Generation X now constitute the majority of eligible voters in the United States, replacing Baby Boomers and those born in prior generations. On September 28, the Boisi Center held a town-hall discussion in which Boston College student leaders reflected on the upcoming presidential election, as well as other noteworthy topics in U.S. public life such as racial injustice and student debt.