Education for Citizenship Events

Education for Citizenship Events

Autumn 2021

Friday, Oct. 1, 3:30 – 5 p.m. | Double Exposure: Pandemic and Protest in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and widespread protests against police violence intersected and ultimately intertwined last year. In this virtual lecture, Robin Wagner-Pacifici of the New School for Social Research will consider how, in years to come, the historic moment might be represented, and how it might shape society. Sponsored by the Center for Historical Research.

Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Professor, New School for Social Research

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12-1 p.m. | Monumental Changes: The Civic Harm Argument for the Removal of Confederate Monuments

During this event, Professor Winston Thompson and doctoral student Timothy Barczak will present their paper discussing whether American society has a moral obligation to remove monuments erected to honor leading figures in the Confederacy. They argue that there is a “civic harm” to the monuments being displayed that causes undeserving persons in the present to be harmed by a display supporting an ideology that dehumanized segments of the population. This harm to persons does not exist in a morally similar way on both sides of this debate, they argue. Moderating the discussion will be Dr. Jody Patterson, the university's Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair of Art History, who studies public art and politics.

Winston Thompson, Ohio State associate professor, Department of Educational Studies and (by courtesy) Department of Philosophy; steering committee member of the Center for Ethics and Human Values.
Timothy Barczak, Ohio State doctoral student, Department of Educational Studies
Moderated by Dr. Jody Patterson, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Chair and Graduate Studies Chair, Department of History of Art, College of Arts and Sciences

Panelists biographies

Watch Monumental Changes: The Civic Harm Argument for the Removal of Confederate Monuments
Friday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | College of Social Work Democracy Promise Unconference

This virtual discussion sponsored by the College of Social Work will examine challenges facing American democracy and to explore ways of building greater engagement based on shared values. Unlike a regular conference, the content of the virtual Unconference is determined by participants at the very start.

Other 2021 Education for Citizenship Events

Previous Events

Recorded Education for Citizenship events are available to watch on this webpage.

A moderated discussion with

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Format: We are in the midst of a polarized nation, further separated by a polarized election. David Brooks, the influential New York Times columnist, will share thoughts about work to weave together the social fabric, and a panel of Ohio State leaders will share short illustrations about how they've engaged in “weaving” work. Learn more about weaving.

President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.


  • David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist
  • David Campbell, a second-year dental student
  • Sarah Cole, Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Norman Jones, Dean & Director, OSU Mansfield
  • Adesh Labhasetwar, a junior majoring in economics; international relations and diplomacy, and Spanish
  • Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Teri Murphy, Co-Director of Conflict to Peace Lab, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
  • Robert Soto, an undergraduate student in journalism
  • Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
  • Lena Tenney, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, College of Pharmacy

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President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.

The event will be moderated by Tina Pierce, program manager, John Glenn College of Public Affairs (and member of the Columbus Board of Education), and these panelists:

  • Rachel Kleit, associate dean of faculty affairs, College of Engineering; professor of city and regional planning, Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Wendy Smooth, associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and associate professor of College of Arts and Sciences
  • Winston C. Thompson, associate professor, College of Education and Human Ecology

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President Kristina M. Johnson will share opening remarks.

Moderator Nicole Kraft, associate professor of clinical communication, College of Arts of Sciences. Panelists include:

  • R. Kelly Garrett, professor, School of Communication
  • David Landsbergen, associate professor and graduate studies chair, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Davon Norris, a doctoral candidate in sociology focused on research involving involving credit, algorithmic/predictive scoring, and inequality

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Public confidence in American democracy is at an all-time low – citizens across the political spectrum are dissatisfied with democratic cornerstones such as the fairness of the electoral process, political representation in Congress, the amount of power conferred to the president, and the politicization of the courts. Join an Ohio State University panel to discuss the causes of this loss of faith, and to explore ways that confidence in the American democratic system can be rebuilt.

Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron shares opening remarks.

The moderators for the event are Stacy Rastauskas, Destiny Brown and Eyako Heh. Rastauskas is vice president for government affairs, and Brown and Heh are both fourth-year undergraduate students studying political science. Panelists include:

The First Amendment is a cornerstone of American democracy, with its legal protections for free speech and freedom of the press. The media rely on these principles to hold the powerful accountable, but what do the courts say when the media get something wrong? When can public figures protect their reputations when stories about them are inaccurate?

A panel of First Amendment experts will debate these issues and whether the courts should re-examine the landmark 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan in the context of the social media age. This program is part of Ohio State's educational programming associated with Constitution Day.

Guiding Student Conversation Around the Inauguration

This third installment in in the Drake Institute Pop-Up Conversation series focuses on teaching as the 2021 Presidential Inauguration approaches, and the many emotional responses our students will bring to our classes. Specifically, the session will address some of questions we hear instructors asking: How do I talk to my students about this? How do I handle it if it comes up in my classroom? How do I help students continue to learn when they may be distracted by national political conversations?

Technology has significantly changed how we engage in democracy. A focus on consumption of social media becomes even more important in an environment characterized by rapidly evolving global co-occurring crises. Without the tools and skills to determine the quality of information we consume and share, we are at risk of spreading (mis)information purposefully designed to manipulate our views and opinions.

As social workers, we must keep our ethical responsibilities central as we wade through, disseminate, and engage with information. The code of ethics affirms our obligation to “not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception.” Social workers have an obligation to challenge the information used to inform our personal views and political decisions, and to push back against the attempt to manipulate our views.

Have an Education for Citizenship program or event to add?

All faculty and academic units are encouraged to send events and programs that align with the “Education for Citizenship” series to Dr. Sara Childers via e-mail ( for possible consideration and inclusion on the Education for Citizenship Calendar.

Need accommodations?

If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in any of these events, please send an email to You will be contacted by someone to discuss your specific needs.

These events will be live captioned.