(1) Wednesday, October 18 from 12 - 1 in COM 129

"Open Source: Utopia and Enterprise"

Presented by Professors Tim Samoff and Svetlana Kasalovic

(2) Tuesday, October 30 1:00 - 2:00 in the Forum

"What are the Fuzzy Boundaries between Self and Society: An Open Discourse"

This is an all campus seminar (discussion) in which participants may share your thoughts on the issues the cross lines between self and society.

 (3) Thursday, November 1 from 11:30 - 1:00 in EATM Auditorium

“The Fuzzy Boundaries between Individual Expression and Social Responsibility”

This is a panel discussion on inclusiveness, communication, and balancing the right to religion with the right to speak freely. [See questions for Panelists below]

Panelists include: Justin Baldoni (filmmaker, and Baha'i Faith), Rabi Lotker, Dr. Janice Daurio, Pastor Wilkinson, Fouad Elgohari (American--Egyptian Director, and Partner in a creative agency called "kReativ Studios,").

*************************Questions for Panelists******************

Here is the reasoning and questions planned for the November 1st Panel Discussion:

Reason for this event: In the wake of the Anti-Islamic film that in its intolerance for another faith prompted violent protests, we wish to provide a civil discourse on issues of religious understanding and inclusion and on the freedom to express.  This is a beginning, an opening of the conversation that we hope students will continue with each other and with their communities.

Questions for panelists:

1.       How do we balance, as posed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to freedom of thought, and religion with the right to expression (see Articles from Universal Declaration below)

2.       What are the limits around expression? Can you have a democracy without freedom of expression?

3.       How can individual expression motivate positive social action and understanding across cultural or religious differences?

4.       Does religion (and or individuals) have the power and/or responsibility to prevent violent outbursts?

Excerpts from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood…

Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20. (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

Article 27. (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.