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Director of Graduate Studies Mac McCorkle joined us for lunch as we discussed our lessons learned from the conference and how the workshop provided deeper insight into our roles as future policymakers. For instance, one question we've raised is how can we incorporate social issues to provided added relevance and context to curriculum? Many students in attendance agreed, along with Prof. McCorkle, that forums to discuss community-based issues (such as historic context, and power dynamics of race, class and gender) would be valuable to new and current students.
Thank you DGS McCorkle for attending lunch with us and welcoming our ideas!
Keep Reading for
- Bridges Over Lunch this week!
- Screening "Durham A Self Portrait"
- Food For Thought with Lynn Holmes
- Pop Quiz
Bridges Over Lunch: Social Entrepreneurship in a Hyper-capitalistic Society
Wednesday, Jan. 30th 2013 at 12:30-2pm
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC
Every Wednesday 12:30 – 2:00pm
MIDP and MPP students are invited to join us for desserts/light fare and conversations on culture, news, and topics of interest (all students welcome to submit conversation ideas). Desserts/snacks for your lunch box! If you’d like to bring something to share, you’re more than welcome!
The Future of Social Entrepreneurship in a Hyper-capitalistic Society:
As we move into President Obama's second term, unemployment remains high, the income gap amongst the ultra-wealthy and poor continues to widen, and public education continues to shortchange under-served population. Given daunting statistics, is it any surprise that the richer continue to gain wealth, while wages remain stagnant for low-income citizens?
As future policymakers, politicians, advocates, and managers:
What is our role in addressing larger social problems that come as a result of ventures that uplift few, weaken the opportunities of the majority, or exploit ?
What roles do businesses have to play in improving social outcomes?
Is social entrepreneurship a route to change?
"Durham: A Self-Portrait" Documentary Screening
Monday, Feb. 4th 2013 at 5:30-7:30pm
100 Fuqua Drive
Monday, February 4, 5:30-7:30, Dansby Classroom (Fuqua School of Business)
Who are the Dukes? Why is it the Bull City? How much do you really know about Durham's history?
Join Net Impact and the Black and Latino MBA Organization as we dive deep into the history of Durham and the role the city played in the Civil Rights Movement. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the documentary's director and other Durham city leaders. This is not an event to be missed!
Sanford Food For Thought: Lynn Holmes
Thursday, Feb. 7th 2013 at 12-1pm
223 Sanford, Rhodes Conference Room
What are the challenges you face in ensuring that public service delivery, especially with regard to workforce development, is both "equitable and efficient"? What has been the role, if any, of cultural sensitivity in your work?
Lynn Holmes: Lessons from a Career inside and outside Government
12:00 – 1:00 PM, 223 Sanford (Rhodes)
Immediately after graduating from Georgetown Law School, Lynn served as a US Senate staffer for her home state senator, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee. After leaving Capitol Hill, Lynn worked over 20 years as an executive for Bell South, primarily in federal and state governmental relations. She was the first African American to be named as one of North Carolina's Fifty Most Influential Lobbyists. In 2010 Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Lynn to head the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, which is the state agency responsible for unemployment insurance and workforce development in the state.
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Pop Quiz: What is Social Justice?!
Does any of the following describe your idea of social justice? How do you define it?
Drop your response on the BC Facebook page here!
Dictionary.com suggested it’s, “the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society.”
Merriam-Webster says… “a state or doctrine of egalitarianism <the causes of human freedom and of social justice — Sir Winston Churchill> <promote the common good and social justice — G.J.Schnepp>”
John Rawls anyone? “A set of principles is required for choosing among the various social arrangements which determine this division of advantages and for underwriting an agreement on the proper distributive shares. These principles are the principles of social justice: they provide a way of assigning rights and duties in the basic institutions of society and they define the appropriate distribution of the benefits and burdens of social cooperation” (4).
“… Among individuals with disparate aims and purposes a shared conception of justice establishes the bonds of civic friendship; the general desire for justice limits the pursuit of other ends” (5).
Does any of this describe your idea of social justice? How do you define it?
Drop your response on the BC Facebook page here!