Stanley L. Olsen
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Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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Date: 10 Sept 2015
From: "Joel Johnson"
To: "Everyone, emeriti" ,
Subject: Constitution Day Lecture 9/17

Colleagues:

According to the United States Constitution, what does it mean to be a citizen? Furthermore, what does the current political debate about birthright citizenship mean for the future of American politics? Dr. Peter Schotten will explore these themes in a brief Constitution Day lecture entitled "The Constitution and the Meaning of Citizenship." The presentation will take place in Madsen Center 201 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 17. All are welcome. Please encourage your students to attend!

Best,
Joel Johnson

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JOEL A. JOHNSON, Ph.D.
Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values
Associate Professor
Department of Government and International Affairs
Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

605-274-5319
joel.johnson@augie.edu

http://www.augie.edu/academics/government-and-international-affairs





Date: 1 April 2016
From: Joel Johnson
to Everyone, emeriti
Colleagues:

As my term as Chair of Moral Values draws to a close, I invite you to two sessions devoted to understanding the current condition of American politics. Both are open to all, and I encourage you to invite your students to attend.

By all accounts, we are in an unusual election year, with insurgent candidates enjoying surprising success in both major parties. Much commentary has focused on the candidates' relative chances of winning the nominating and general elections. In these sessions, however, I would like to direct our attention to deeper questions, including the following: What does it say about the health of our polity that the two major parties are experiencing such strong challenges to their legitimacy? Is our political system adequately accounting for the interests of all? Are members of the political/social/academic elites out of touch with the concerns of non-elite voters? Are the objectives of the parties now so opposed that there is little hope of compromise?

Details on the two sessions, as well as suggested (brief) background readings and a fun bonus assignment, are included below. I hope to see you at one or both of the sessions!

Best wishes,
Joel Johnson

1. The first session will be held on Wednesday, April 20th from 3 pm to 4 pm in MC 202. We will concentrate on the issues and tensions that have arisen in the Democratic nominating contest. I have selected two articles - one by a Democratic insider and one by the folks at the FiveThirtyEight site = as background reading:
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2016-02-01/what-bernie-sanders-gets-about-millennials

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/voters-who-like-obama-like-clinton/


2. The second session will be held on Thursday, April 21st, from 3 pm to 4 pm in MC 202. This time we will focus on the tumultuous Republican race. For background, look at the following pieces - one by a former George W. Bush speechwriter and the other by political scientists at the Washington Post's Monkey Cage:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/01/the-great-republican-revolt/419118/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/03/09/trumps-voters-arent-authoritarians-new-research-says-so-what-are-they/?tid=a_inl


3. As a bonus activity, take a few minutes to complete the "Do you live in a bubble?" online quiz, developed by libertarian Charles Murray. The quiz, which purports to measure the divide between socioeconomic classes, may be found here:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/do-you-live-in-a-bubble-a-quiz-2/



We might find time in either or both sessions to talk about this quiz, its methodology . . . and our results.

Best,
Joel Johnson

--
JOEL A. JOHNSON, Ph.D.
Stanley L. Olsen Chair of Moral Values
> Associate Professor
Department of Government and International Affairs
Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57197


605-274-5319
joel.johnson@augie.edu


http://www.augie.edu/academics/government-and-international-affairs



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