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Spring 2005 Humanities Symposium
Sponsored by the Center for Public Humanities

E Pluribus Unum or the Two Americas?

Although the close of the Cold War ended a generation-old bipolar world, there has been much written and said in recent years about a growing bipolar nation in America. Whether it is electoral politics, foreign policy, economic trends, digital and technological developments, the “culture wars,” racial, ethnic, gender, and religious tensions, or education, public discourse is said to have become increasingly based on binary thinking that leaves little room for negotiation, compromise, collaboration, or collective benefit.

The 2005 Spring Humanities Symposium provides an opportunity to explore these declared trends. To what extent is the Two Americas thesis accurate? Where are we seeing such troubling trends? Where alternatively is there evidence of unity, consensus, integration, and the blurring of sharp dividing lines? In essence, where are the many becoming one, and where are the many becoming two? Finally, what are the promises and pitfalls of viewing the world in terms of unitary, binary, or fragmentary perspectives?

These are the critical questions we invite the community at Messiah College to explore during the Spring 2005 Humanities Symposium.

Schedule
Monday, February 21  
3:45-4:30 p.m. OPENING RECEPTION (Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall)
Welcome and Opening Remarks, Joseph P. Huffman, Dean of Humanities ( 4:20)
4:30-6:00 p.m. E Pluribus Unum? A Roundtable on Samuel Huntington’s Who Are We? The Challenges toAmerica’s National Identity (2004). Dr. Dean Curry & Politics Majors
The Two Americas? A Roundtable on Morris Fiorina’s Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America (2004). Dr. Robin Lauermann & Dr. Kenneth Eshleman
6:30-8:00 p.m. FACULTY LECTURE (Boyer Hall 131)
The Health Care Divide, Dr. Timothy Schoettle; respondent, Dr. Caleb Miller
8:30 p.m. FILM SERIES: A LAND FOR ALL
My American Girls (2002) with a discussion following the screening led by Prof. Gilberto Lozano and Dr. Bernardo Michael
Tuesday, February 22  
4:00-5:30 p.m. SENIOR HONORS THESES (Boyer Hall 131)
How Does Puerto Rico “fit” in E Pluribus Unum? Jessica Rivera (Spanish Major)
The Rhetoric of Political Polarization, Brianne McKenna (Communication Major)
7:00-8:30 p.m. STUDENT COLLOQUIUM (Boyer Hall 131)
Moderation vs. Polarization in Contemporary America, College Democrats & College Republicans
Wednesday, February 23  
4:00-5:30 p.m. STUDENT COLLOQUIUM (Boyer Hall 131)
The Underbelly of E Pluribus Unum: The Migrant Workers Who Carry the United States
Dr. Linda Parkyn & Spanish Majors
7:00-8:30 p.m. FACULTY LECTURE (Boyer Hall 131)
Pluralism and Nationalism in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. James LaGrand; respondent, Dr. John Fea
8:30 p.m. FILM SERIES: A LAND FOR ALL
Who Killed Vincent Chin? (1988) with a discussion following the screening led by Dr. Linda Parkyn
Thursday, February 24  
9:45-10:30 a.m. ALTERNATE CHAPEL (Boyer Hall 131)
Beyond Just War and Pacificism: E Pluribus Unum or the Two Americas?
Department of Biblical & Religious Studies
4:00-5:30 p.m. GUEST LECTURE (Boyer Hall 131)
From E Pluribus to Unum: Latino Inclusion in American Cultural Identity
Johnny Irizarry, Executive Director of the Lighthouse Family School in Philadelphia
Sponsored by La Alianza Latina, the Office of Multicultural Programs, and the Center for Public Humanities
8:00-9:30 p.m.

David McColloughKEYNOTE ADDRESS (Brubaker Auditorium)
"E Pluribus Unum or the Two Americas? An Historical Perspective"
David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning American historian
General Admission tickets $10; complimentary tickets for students, faculty, and staff.
Contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036.

Friday, February 25  
4:00-5:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSION (Boyer Hall 131)
Talk-Back Session on the Keynote Address and the Symposium Theme
Panelists: Dr. Susanna Caroselli, Dr. John Fea, Dr. John Harles, Prof. Kate Quimby
(Refreshments Provided)
Monday, February 28  
7:30 p.m. FILM SERIES: A LAND FOR ALL
Thelma & Louise (1991) with a discussion following the screening led by Dr. Crystal Downing

Visit the following pages for information from past Symposia:

2011 Spring Humanities Symposium

2010 Spring Humanities Symposium

2009 Spring Humanities Symposium

2008 Spring Humanities Symposium

2007 Spring Humanities Symposium

2006 Spring Humanities Symposium
2004 Spring Humanities Symposium

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