Roundtable Discussions

Wither the Bill of Rights? The Precarious Future of Selective Incorporation

Discussion Leader: Dr. Mark Petracca, Associate Professor of Political Science, Faculty Associate to the Dean for Honors & Scholarships, School of Social Sciences

Room: Emerald Bay A

What the U.S. Supreme Court giveth, it can taketh away. In this case, we speak of the Court's "selective incorporation" of the Bill of Rights through the due process protection clause of the 14th Amendment, which has slowly occurred since the 1930s. Is it possible that a new Supreme Court majority will begin to unincorporate key provisions of the Bill of Rights? How might America's current war on terrorism contribute to a reversal of the Court's commitment to generally extend applicability for the Bill of Rights?


Human Embryonic Stem Cells: Policy, Research & Ethics

Discussion Leader: Dr. Hans Keirstead, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Room: Emerald Bay B

This discussion will explore the justification for the use of stem cells in research. We will talk about where they come from, why they are better or worse than fetal tissue, the points of ethical controversy, the government policy concerning their generation and use, their current use in research, and their potential. Audience participation will be encouraged.


Iraq & U.S. Foreign Policy After Saddam: Perceptions & Realities

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Lina Kreidie, Lecturer, Department of Political Science; Dr. Caesar Sereseres, Associate Professor of Political Science, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, School of Social Sciences

Room: Emerald Bay C

After WWII, Iraq, like most modern Middle Eastern countries, was created as a nation-state with the vision of having a sovereign, secular, and modern democratic state. History proved that democratization halted at the borders of the Middle East. Today, the people of Iraq are faced again with the challenges of building a new democratic nation-state. What are the realities and possibilities for such a system to materialize? This discussion will also take a look at the consequences of the war for U.S. foreign policy and for our relationships with the United Nations, NATO Allies, Russia, and China.


New World, New Threats

Discussion Leader: Dr. Richard Matthew, Associate Professor, Department of Planning, Policy, & Design

Room: Monarch Bay A

In the wake of the Cold War and 9/11, scholars and policymakers are struggling to develop a new worldview that will help guide foreign and security policy. At least four compelling worldviews are being discussed and studied. While we must have some framework for formulating policy, the costs of choosing the wrong framework may be very great. The Bush administration is sending signals that it has made a choice. Is it the right one? What if it is not?


Women in Academia: Paths to Success

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Susan Bryant, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences; Dr. Amelia Regan, Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Graduate School of Management; Dr. Debra Richardson, Associate Professor of Informatics, The Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean, School of Information & Computer Science

Room: Monarch Bay B

What kinds of opportunities are available in academia? What are the key challenges and rewards of these jobs? Do women face any particular challenges as graduate students or academics? How can we increase the number of women pursuing academic careers, particularly in male-dominated fields? Our faculty panelists will discuss their passions, how they began and developed their careers, where they are now, and where they expect their careers to take them in the future.