Debating Public Policy Series: Debating the Minimum Wage
Click here to registerFor our inaugural Debating Public Policy Series event, the UNC Program for Public Discourse invites two UNC faculty members to debate the advantages and disadvantages of President Biden’s recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.
Dr. Luca Flabbi of the UNC Department of Economics will argue in favor.
Dr. Paige Ouimet of UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School will argue against.
The debate is moderated by Kevin Marinelli, executive director of the UNC Program for Public Discourse.
UNC Faculty Symposium on Deliberative Pedagogy
This panel will provide an overview of the Communication Beyond Carolina component of the news IDEAs in Action curriculum. In addition to hearing from the Office of Undergraduate Curricula's Curriculum Director, this panel includes the chair of the General Education Oversight Committee, and an expert in communicating science to a lay audience who also teaches courses aligned with the Communication Beyond Carolina learning outcomes.
- Dr. Charlotte Boettiger, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
- Nick Siedentop, Office of Undergraduate Curricula
- Dr. Erika Wise, Department of Geography
This panel will provide a range of strategies and techniques for facilitating and evaluating students' capacity to engage in discourse. Drawing from experiences within and beyond the college classroom, panelists will offer tips and reflections for how best to generate meaningful discussion and deliberation, as well as how to evaluate students' participation.
- Dr. Kelly Hogan, Office of Instructional Innovation; Department of Biology
- Dr. Lloyd Kramer, Carolina Public Humanities; Department of History
- Dr. Michael Vazquez, Parr Center for Ethics; Department of Philosophy
This panel will provide strategies and techniques for engaging with topics related to race and racism within a course. With a focus on cultivating students' skills in discussing race and racism, panelists will offer tips and reflections for how best to generate productive deliberation on race and racism, while attending to the ways in which race and racism shapes the classroom experience.
- Dr. Travis Alrbitton, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; School of Social Work
- Dr. Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Dr. Emily Boehm, Center for Faculty Excellence
This panel will offer students' own reflections on dialogue and debate at UNC. Highlighting their experiences within two different programs that each include a focus on the skills of deliberation and debate, the student panelists will share their key take-aways and what they think instructors should know when designing such class-based experiences. The students will be joined by faculty with whom they work in these two programs, who will also share their reflections on teaching dialogue, debate, and the skills of public discourse.
- Dr. Christian Lundberg, Department of Communication
- Students from the Chancellor's Science Scholars
- Dr. Kevin Marinelli, Department of Communication; UNC Program for Public Discourse
- Students from the Agora Fellows
We connect our students directly with our speakers through classroom visits and offer UNC-CH students the chance to involve themselves in the PPD as Agora Fellows:
We invite all faculty schedule faculty consultations, participate in our seminars and workshops, or to join us as a Faculty Affiliate.