When we think of where we live, who do we imagine as our neighbors? What actions invite some people in and keep others out? This course opens a dialogue about what forces determine the makeup of our cities and communities. Exactly where people live in cities - neighborhoods, blocks, even specific buildings - is no accident. We argue that it is a result of deliberate decisions that mark who we imagine as belonging (or not) in our cities.
This course is a two-week conversation about perceptions of "belonging," and how they affect our cities and communities. We'll speak with researchers and residents. We'll explore film, television, photography that show representations of belonging and marginalization in the Historic West End of Charlotte and in the banlieues on the outskirts of Paris. The course will create opportunities for you to learn about your neighborhood and your city.
As a way to explore the role of language in belonging, we will be offering different parts of the course in English and in French (providing translations).
Join us September 3rd - 16th, 2018.Register Now
Davidson Now is a free, online learning series that aims to share the expertise of the Davidson College faculty and staff with the world through technology on topics that are particularly timely. Davidson Now include high-quality video segments that address these timely subjects. The courses will also be built around moderated online discussion and reflection to build a community around the course material.
How have our online interactions and engagement - as a society - become so toxic? Is there anything we as individuals and citizens can do to stop this trend, or at least stop it from stopping us? Productive participatory engagement builds communities and networks that support real interaction and change.
How does that look for a functioning democratic society -- when meeting face to face is no longer necessary?Learn More
Fake news is a real problem. From allegations of election fraud to Pizzagate, fake news saturates our newsfeeds-- and our national discourse. Some say it has compromised the authority of journalism; others say writing fake news has brought them a fistful of money.
What do we make of this phenomenon? Why is fake news so prevalent these days? And how should we respond?Learn More
As the US general election approaches, there is a firestorm of rhetoric around access and fraud. Major legislation changes, court rulings and political views continue to flood the media leading up to this election. But what is true in all of this? And what should you believe going into the election?Learn More