Juniors and seniors from various Lake County high schools will have an opportunity to contemplate their opinions of President George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House and other issues of the day during the annual Citizenship and Public Affairs Day at Indiana University Northwest on Friday, Feb. 23.
Students from Hammond, Hammond Gavit, Gary West Side, Bishop Knoll, and Calumet High Schools will participate in the half-day program, which also will include sessions on criminal justice, organ donation, the U.S. healthcare system, and negotiating with terrorists. These topics will be addressed through breakout panel discussions featuring IU Northwest faculty members and other knowledgeable sources. Students will participate in two breakout sessions of their choice, one at 10 a.m. and another at 11 a.m.
The half-day event will also include a keynote address, “The American Presidency: Then and Now,” presented by George Roberts, Ph.D., IU Northwest professor emeritus of political science and public and environmental affairs. Roberts also will participate on the Bush presidency panel, along with Prof. Jean Poulard, Ph.D., of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in what promises to be a spirited debate.
Most panel presentations will be followed by student questions and comments, as time allows. The program will conclude with lunch for students at the Moraine Student Center.
The IU Northwest Citizenship and Public Affairs Day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. in the Savannah Center, located on the IU Northwest campus at 3400 Broadway in Gary, Ind. The opening session and keynote address will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the panel discussions from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. IU Northwest is pleased to welcome local students to campus to learn more about American government and their role in it.