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LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement

Wednesday November 15, 2017 | 6-7 p.m. | Bldg A Commons - Hunger Banquet

About 795 million people suffer from chronic hunger.  Learn more, come to the LSC-Montgomery Hunger Banquet, for an experiential learning opportunity on the topic of global hunger and poverty.  The recommended donation for attending this event is 3 cans of food or $5.  All proceeds will go to the Lone Star College-Montgomery Food Pantry & LSC-M Food Recovery Network.  For more information on Oxfam America and the Hunger Banquet, visit oxfamamerica.org/.

To RSVP for this event, please contact Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu

 

The Center for Civic Engagement at Lone Star College- Montgomery facilitates nonpartisan learning opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to encourage them to become more engaged citizens.  Our goal is to aid in the development of critical thinking, personal responsibility, and civil discourse skills in participants so that they develop a sense of urgency about issues and talk and act more in their communities, be it their classroom, campus, local, state, national, or global communities.

For more information about the LSC-Montgomery CCE, contact Michele Richey.

The LSC-Montgomery Center for Civic Engagement is working on several programs for the 2017-2018 academic year and they are listed below.

You can also access a printable schedule of events here: Printable Schedule.

 

Film Series | Speakers Series | Deliberative Dialogues | Other Events

Film Series

We will be show films throughout the year focused on topics related to civic engagement.  These films are attended by faculty who engage the students before, during, and after the film in discussion on the issues highlighted in the film.

Wednesday September 20, 2017 | 1 p.m. | G-102 - Night Will Fall (2014) Documentary Viewing & Discussion

A collaboration between Center for Civic Engagement & One Book One Campus.  When British, Soviet and American forces liberated Nazi concentration camps in 1945, army and newsreel camera operators recorded the terrible discoveries they made. Later, Sidney Bernstein of the British government’s Ministry of Information and his team, including supervising director Alfred Hitchcock, drew on this footage, shot at Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and Auschwitz, to create a harrowing film titled “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey.”  Night Will Fall (2014) reveals the previously untold story of this deeply moving documentary and juxtaposes horrific raw footage and scenes from the 1945 documentary with insights from the survivors, the soldiers who liberated them and the filmmakers who recorded these appalling images.  The first 25 attendees will get a free copy of the One Book One Campus 2017-2018 book, Night (1956) by Elie Wiesel.  For more information on this film, visit hbo.com/documentaries/night-will-fall.

Tuesday October 10, 2017 | 3 p.m. | G-102 - Out in the Night (2014) Documentary Viewing & Discussion

A collaboration between the Center for Civic Engagement and CONTINUUM, the LGBTQAA student organization at LSC-M.  This documentary covers the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City.  They are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend themselves against him and are charged and convicted in the courts and in the media as a 'Gang of Killer Lesbians'.  The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender (2014) by Mia McKenzie. For information about this film, visit https://www.newday.com/film/out-night.

Tuesday November 7, 2017 | 3 p.m. | G-102 - 13th (2016) Documentary Viewing & Discussion

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010).  For more information on this film, visit http://www.avaduvernay.com/#/13th/.

Wednesday November 29, 2017 | 1 p.m. | G-102 - The Witness (2015) Documentary Viewing & Discussion

In this documentary, the brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.  This story is often used in psychology and sociology classes when discussing the bystander effect/bystander apathy.  The first 10 attendees will get a free copy of the true crime novel: Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences (2016) by Catherine Pelonero.  For more information on this film, visit http://www.thewitness-film.com/.

Speakers Series

We bring speakers to campus each semester to provide students the opportunity to hear, first hand, the unique stories and experiences of individuals doing civic engagement work.

Thursday September 14, 2017 | 3 p.m. | G-102 - Know Your Rights!

A presentation by the Houston Chapter of the ACLU by Caroline Duble.  She will speak about what your constitutional rights are, specifically in relation to the first amendment, interactions with police, immigration, protesting, and speech.  Free pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution will be given away.  For more information about the ACLU Texas, visit aclutx.org/.

Monday September 18, 2017 | 11 a.m. | G-102 - Sex Trafficking

A presentation by Tracie Mann, founder of The Phoenix Charity, an organization that releases victims from the chains that bind them to a past of human trafficking, sex slavery, and gang violence by removing the visible reminders in the form of ink tattoos.  She will be speaking on the issue of Sex Trafficking in the Houston area.  For more information about The Phoenix Charity, visit thephoenixcharity.org.

Monday October 16, 2017 | 1 p.m. | G-102 - Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing

Led  by  murder  victim  family  members  joined by death row families, the exonerated and others impacted  by the failed promises of a broken system.  Our unique personal stories touch people’s hearts and change people's minds on this vitally important issue. We advocate for alternatives to the death penalty, we encourage forgiveness as a way of healing and endorse restorative justice as a way of life.  For more information about Journey of Hope, visit journeyofhope.org/home/.  For more information about the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP), visit tcadp.org/.

Monday October 30, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. | H-102 - Charlie King: Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn me 'Round

Charlie King is a folk music storyteller and political satirist.  Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round offers a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.  For more information about Charlie King, visit charlieking.org.

Deliberative Dialogues

Deliberative Dialogues provide a way for community members of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of a problem and to search for common ground for action. Dialogues are led by trained faculty, staff, and student moderators, and use an issue discussion guide that frames the issue by presenting the overall problem followed by three or four broad approaches to the problem. Dialogue participants work through the issue by considering each approach; examining what appeals to them or concerns them; and also what costs, consequences, and tradeoffs may be incurred in following that approach.  For information on deliberative dialogues, visit: nifi.org/en.

Thursday, 9/28/2017 | 11:30-12:50 p.m. | G-106 - Making Ends Meet: How Do We Spread Prosperity & Improve Opportunity

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Friday, 9/29/2017 | 11-12:30 p.m. | G-124 - Political Fix – How do We Get American Politics Back on Track?

Lunch will be served during this dialogue, so an RSVP to Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu is required.

Tuesday, 11/7/2017 | 11:30-12:50 p.m. | G-106 - Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Thursday, 11/9/2017 | 11:30-12:50 p.m. | G-106 - Over the Edge: What Can We Do Address Alcohol/Drug Use as a Society?

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Tuesday, 11/14/2017 | 11:3-12:50 p.m. | G-106 - Health Care: How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need?

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Thursday, 11/16/2017 | 11:3-12:50 p.m. | G-106 - What is the 21st Century Mission for our Public Schools?

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Tuesday, 11/21/2017 | 11:3-12:50 p.m. | G-106 - Climate Choices: Meeting the Challenges of a Warming Planet?

This dialogue is part of a Civic Engagement Learning Community and is facilitated as part of a class; however, it is open to the public.

Other Events

Each semester, we try to provide unique educational programming opportunities as well as identify programs already happening on campus that qualify as civic engagement.

Monday September 18, 2017 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Bldg G Atrium - Constitution Day Celebration

Stop by to get a free copy of the constitution, fill out a survey for a chance to win some cool prizes, eat some cake, get information on an essay contest where you can win up to a $75 gift card, and celebrate the constitution.

Thursday September 28, 2017 | 1-2:30 p.m. | G-102 - Breaking the Silence (LSC-M Counselors & LSC Mavs Joined for Hope)

Every year thousands of people suffer in silence with thoughts of suicide. Every year thousands of people lose someone they love to the tragedy of suicide. It is time to Break the Silence, reduce the stigma, and promote kindness and hope! Please join us as Kim Hess, President and Founder of Cassidy Joined for Hope, shares her personal story of loss and hope after tragedy.  For more information contact Matthew Samford, 936.273.7327, Matthew.T.Samford@lonestar.edu.

Friday September 29, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | G-102 - Free Student Workshop - Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence in the Health Care Setting (LSC-M Nursing & The Montgomery County Women's Center)

The  Montgomery County Women’s Center is offering a BRAND NEW PROGRAM!! Until now this program has ONLY been available to Emergency Room staff, however we are seeing that most staff have never received any training on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence in the Heath Care Setting. In an effort to elevate this gap in the system we are reaching out to nursing & public health programs looking to host FREE workshops for them, as to better train and prepare students for what they will come across in field.  For more information, please contact Renee Pruitt at renee.m.pruitt@lonestar.edu.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 | 6-7 p.m. | Bldg A Commons - Hunger Banquet

About 795 million people suffer from chronic hunger.  Learn more, come to the LSC-Montgomery Hunger Banquet, for an experiential learning opportunity on the topic of global hunger and poverty.  The recommended donation for attending this event is 3 cans of food or $5.  All proceeds will go to the Lone Star College-Montgomery Food Pantry and the Lone Star College - Montgomery Food Recovery Network.  To RSVP for this event, please contact Michele.Richey@lonestar.edu.  For more information on Oxfam America and the Hunger Banquet, visit oxfamamerica.org/.