Current Events Meeting
Sep
30
5:15 PM17:15

Current Events Meeting

There are no fixed topics for these meetings. The discussion will explore noteworthy developments in domestic and international news, so please feel free to come with suggestions you find interesting.

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Sep
11
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Free Speech on College Campuses

To what extent should the university as an institution be responsible for managing the speech of its staff and students? Are there boundaries to what sorts of conversations can take place in an academic setting?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Mar
27
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Pornography

How has pornography affected our culture? In what ways has it affected our expectations of sex/relationships? Is our perception of pornography and other graphic content changing in mainstream Media?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Mar
13
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Drug and Alcohol Culture (in collaboration with Healthy Campus Unit)

How do you think drug and alcohol consumption plays into the University experience? Do you think drug and alcohol culture is portrayed appropriately in mainstream or social media? How does their portrayal affect your view on them?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Mar
6
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Returning Foreign Fighters

Should people who have left to join terrorist organizations be allowed to return to their country of origin? If they are found to have left and now returned, is it reasonable that they be stripped of their citizenship? Should exceptions be made for those who did not join in a fighting role?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Feb
27
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Canadian Democracy (collaboration with the Students’ Union “Get Out To Vote” program)

What are your views on democracy in Canada? How is democracy experienced by different peoples in Canada? What barriers do you see that might prevent people from engaging in the electoral system?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Feb
13
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Hookup Culture

Do you think we currently have a ‘hookup culture’? Is our attitude to relationships as a whole changing in the modern age? Do you think the conspicuous consumption of alcohol affects this?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Feb
11
4:15 PM16:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Hookup Culture

Do you think we currently have a ‘hookup culture’? Is our attitude to relationships as a whole changing in the modern age? Do you think the conspicuous consumption of alcohol affects this?

LOCATION: CAB 377

NOTE: Please arrive before 4:10 PM

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General Meeting
Feb
6
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Overpopulation

What are your views on the exponential rise of the human population? Do you think the world is becoming overpopulated? Are there measures we should take to accommodate/prevent this?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Feb
4
4:15 PM16:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Overpopulation

What are your views on the exponential rise of the human population? Do you think the world is becoming overpopulated? Are there measures we should take to accommodate/prevent this?

LOCATION: CAB 377

NOTE: Please arrive before 4:10 PM

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General Meeting
Jan
30
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Ethics of Research

What role should ethics and ethics committees play in research? Should all areas of research be ethically regulated? Do we have an obligation not to use research results if they were obtained through unethical means?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Jan
28
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Ethics of Research

What role should ethics and ethics committees play in research? Should all areas of research be ethically regulated? Do we have an obligation not to use research results if they were obtained through unethical means?

LOCATION: CAB 377

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Jan
23
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Punishment and the Prison System

Is the current prison system effective? What role does this system play in our society? Is our treatment of those who commit crimes effective at reducing it?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Nov
28
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Teachers and Political Views

Should primary/secondary school teachers be allowed to voice their political views in the classroom? Is it acceptable to add a political dimension to the education of children? What role does politics play in a child’s upbringing?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Nov
21
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Transgender Athletes

With whom should transgender individuals be able to officially compete in sports with? Are there any advantages or disadvantages to being transgender in sport that make competition unfair?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Nov
7
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: White/Male Privilege in Society

Are there demographics that experience innate privileges? Do these privileges disadvantage other demographics? To what extent can these privileges be attributed to physical traits?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Oct
31
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Freedom and Borders

Should states have absolute control over borders? Is the freedom to travel a right or a privilege? Is it appropriate for states to discriminate against individuals who want to enter their country?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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Department Specific Meeting
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

Department Specific Meeting

TOPIC: Sovereignty

Is it possible to ‘own’ a piece of land? To whom does Canada belong? How should disputes over land claims be resolved?

DEPARTMENT: Political Science

LOCATION: CAB 269

Note: This meeting is intended only for students enrolled in the Political Science program at the University of Alberta.

Please arrive before 3:50 PM.

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General Meeting
Oct
24
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Gender

Is the wage gap real? What is the cause of imbalanced gender representation in business/politics? How is gender balance in the workplace affected by social movements (feminism, #MeToo)?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Oct
17
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Cultural Appropriation

Is cultural appropriation a problem? Does it positively or negatively affect relations between different cultural groups? How should it be understood in a multicultural society?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Oct
10
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: Religion in Society

Does the state have an obligation to accommodate different religious groups? How does religion influence decision making? How should it influence decision making? Should moral judgements be made based on religious texts?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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General Meeting
Oct
3
5:15 PM17:15

General Meeting

TOPIC: #MeToo

Is the #MeToo movement good for society? What difficult questions does it ask? Is it fair for false accusations to be given the same weight as proven allegations? Should the privacy of the accused be protected?

LOCATION: CAB 373

NOTE: Please arrive before 5:10 PM

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