2022 Faith, Reason, and World Affairs Symposium

This symposium is designed to engage the campus and local community in conversation and action around democracy and democratic citizenship. We will practice engaged citizenship through interaction with people and ideas that are diverse and relevant to our evolving world as we commit to further understanding about what it means to be an engaged citizen.


PLEASE NOTE: All sessions are in-person only; they will not be livestreamed or available by Zoom.

Printable Schedule Concurrent Sessions Table Sponsors

Wednesday, Sept. 21

8:30-9:30 a.m. — Faculty Development Session on Engaged Citizenship  Centrum, Knutson Campus Center

Introduction: Dr. Susan Larson, Provost and Dean of the College

Speaker: Dr. Richard Guarasci, President Emeritus, Wagner College; Principal, Presidential Partners LLC; and Author of "Neighborhood Democracy: Becoming an Engaged Citizen"

9:30-10 a.m.  Break and Refreshments  Memorial Auditorium

10-11:30 a.m.  Panel Discussion: "Engaged Citizenship Through Political Participation"  Memorial Auditorium

Welcome: Dr. Stephanie Ahlfeldt, Associate Provost; Professor of Communication Studies

Introduction: Dr. Sonja Wentling, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Session Hosts: Pre-law students

Moderator: Dr. Ken Foster, Chair/Professor of Political Science; Director of Community Engagement


Will Kuball, Deputy Director of Candidate Services, MN DFL Senate Caucus

Levi Bachmeier, Republican Party of ND District 13 Chairperson and Former Policy Director for Gov. Doug Burgum

Rachel Stone, Moorhead School Board Member; Founder of P's & Q's Etiquette

Rep. Heather Keeler, MN State House District 4A; Former Member, Moorhead Human Rights Commission and Fargo Native American Commission

James Hand, Board Member, Moorhead Economic Development Authority and Moorhead Business Asociation

Response: Dr. Eric R. Schmidt, Teaching Fellow, Political Science

Speaker Bios

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Tables in the Atrium 

Visit with campus, local, and regional organizations to learn more about opportunities for engaged citizenship. Representatives at tables will share information on a variety of topics: upcoming elections, City of Moorhead initiatives, direct service opportunities, and upcoming campus events. 

Table Sponsors

1-2:15 p.m.  Plenary Session  Memorial Auditorium

"Engaged Citizenship in an Era of Democracy’s Vulnerability"

Introduction/Moderator: Dr. Lisa Twomey, Associate Professor of Spanish

Session Hosts: Students from the 2021 Inquiry Seminar "In Search of Home: Immigrants and Refugees in Our Community and Across the Globe"

Speaker: Dr. Richard Guarasci, President Emeritus, Wagner College; Author of "Neighborhood Democracy: Becoming an Engaged Citizen"

2:30-4:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions: "Taking Action"  various locations

*Two Rounds of Concurrent Sessions: 2:30-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m.

*Note: Some sessions take place at 2:30 or 3:30 only.