Dinner Discussions

The Fall 2018 Dinner Discussion schedule is coming soon!

Check out the 2017-2018 lineup below:

Enjoy casual conversation around some of today’s most relevant issues, and share your thoughts at New Student Dinner Discussions. Dinner will be provided at no cost to participants. Each discussion will be guided by an NC State faculty member, and open to a small group of students.

Dr. Kim Ebert, The War on Immigrants and the Transformation of Racism

Department of Sociology & Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
January 23, 2018 | 6:00pm- 7:00pm
Talley Student Union, Cultural Hearth
Two recent developments in immigration policy represent an increase in the
severity of punishment and expansion of social control of immigrants. First,
government officials have shifted the prosecution of immigration law from civil to
criminal courts. Second, government agencies have grown more dependent on corporations to manage and administer immigrant detention responsibilities.
These two processes,“crimmigration” and  privatization, are important to understand 
why immigrants and their families are increasingly under surveillance. However, the transformation of racism in the 21st century is of central importance to understand
the ways in which the criminal justice system has shifted efforts slightly away from the “drug war” and toward terrorism and immigration and done so in a so-called “color-blind” manner.

Dr. David Austin, Limitations of the First Amendment & Civil Rights Today

Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
February 7, 2018 | 6:00pm- 7:00pm
Talley Student Union, Cultural Hearth
The free speech clause of the First Amendment to the US Constitution has been
a “power tool” in advancing other civil rights, but misuse of a tool can damage
both it and what it’s applied to. To help avoid doing damage, the design of the free
speech clause needs to be understood. It can reliably be predicted that rules made
to limit speech will be turned against the interests that the rules were made to protect.  Come to this discussion to learn more about the first amendment
and its application to our lives today.

Dr. Delisia Matthews, Consumer Behavior, Today’s Trends & their Impact

Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology, and Management, College of Textiles
February 15, 2018 |  5:30pm- 6:30pm
Talley Student Union, Room 3210
This conversation will take a look at trends in consumer behavior and their impact on our everyday lives. From brand equity, to eco-friendly apparel to fashion trucks,
to marketing to unique populations, come out for a discussion on how our purchasing power drives society.

Dr. Jane Lubischer, Neuroscience, Gender, and Assumptions that Defy Scientific Thinking

Department of Biological Sciences, College of Sciences
March 22, 2018 |  6:00pm- 7:00pm
Talley Student Union, Room 3223
When we hear about sex differences in the brain, we tend to believe that these
differences are hardwired- in other words, we assume that sex differences are immutable by virtue of the fact that they are biological. But as scientific as it sounds,
this assumption is not supported by the evidence. We will talk about the power we have to change our brains through experience and why it matters (hint: it might impact your test scores.)

Dr. Natalie Cooke, Putting the “Community” in Community Food Security

Department of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
March 27, 2018 |  6:00pm- 7:00pm
Talley Student Union, 1887 Bistro
Community food security exists when “all community residents obtain a safe,
culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system
that maximizes community self-reliance, social justice, and democratic decision-making.” Together we’ll discuss successful community food security, and
what role you can take in contributing to the communities you’re a part of.

Dr. Whitney Knollenberg, Maximizing the Positive Impacts of Tourism

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, College of Natural Resources
April 11, 2018 |  6:00pm- 7:00pm
Talley Student Union, Cultural Hearth
Tourism generates significant economic, social, and environmental impacts
in nearly every country in the world, some of these are positive impacts and some are negative. Either way, whenever you venture outside your backyard,
you become a part of the process. In this conversation learn about the tourism industry, your role within it, and how we can both maximize the positive impacts
we have on the destinations we love to visit.
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