The issue of Climate Change is probably one of the most important
and at the same time contentious issues facing us today. Its complexity
is partly due to the fact that it involves both science and public
policy and each area can be challenging. In this deliberative poll
participants have been provided with background materials that provide
an overview of the science of climate change (its nature and causes)
and policy questions relating to national, local and campus level
responses to climate change. A sparate 2-page flyer was also prepared to guide climate change discussions relating directly to the campus community of Carnegie Mellon.
The Background Document
is available here for download and is free for use by other campuses across the country. The two-page flyer is specific to CMU, but can serve as a model for other campus conversations.
Welcome Remarks (4:30 – 4:40)
4:45–5:45 Small Group Discussions
5:45- 6:15pm Plenary Session
6:15– 6:30 Complete Post-Survey
A version of this deliberative poll was first tested in April 2008. This current event is sponsored, in part, by the Steinbrenner Institute, Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, Focus the Nation, and the Southwesern PA Program for Deliberative Democarcy. The Decision Map included in the background materials was developed by Bob Horn and copyrighted by MacroVu. Large print versions of this and other maps relating to Climage Change are available from MacroVu.
Past Campus Conversations
This discussion compared and contrasted the proposed Pennsylvania
Marriage Protection Amendment with Vermont’s Civil Union
Laws and the Massachusetts Supreme Court Decision: Goodridge v.
Department of Public Health.
The Arts play a vital role in campus life. They can also be the
source of controversy and debate. This campus conversation looked
at recent issues arising from Public Art on the campus and ascertained
current attitudes toward campus policy regarding Public Art.
FCE's have been part of campus life for decades. This deliberative
poll discussed various formats for developing and assessing course
evaluations and the role they play in evaluating courses and teaching.
The topic for the Spring 2006 Event was Academic Rights and Responsibilities (with an emphasis on the "Student Bill of Rights") and a proposed amendment to Carnegie Mellon's Students' Rights Policy.
Our first event involved randomly-sampled students and interested individuals who came together on November 19th, 2005 to talk about campus diversity and moral values in private and public life (with an emphasis on file-sharing copyrighted material).