Rose State College Professor Receives 2nd Grant for Political Discussions Published September 15, 2016 by Ali Sexton

Panelists at the discussion

The community is invited to get engaged this political season with Rose State and Political Science Professor James Davenport’s Politics, Power & People panel discussions starting September 8, 2016. For the second year in a row Rose State College’s James Davenport, has been awarded a grant to support the Political Science’s Great Debates Panel Series. Davenport received a $3,000 grant from the Institute for Humane Studies through the Templeton Foundation for the Fall of 2016.

The panel discussions range from the Oklahoma budget crisis to why free college might cost more than tuition. The panel series will go on the road around the metro during the fall with a different topic at each stop. Davenport has created new partnerships with other higher-ed institutions and looks forward to sharing political thoughts, ideas and differences. “We are in an interesting time in the political landscape of our state and nation,” said Rose State College Professor, James Davenport. “The more we discuss these issues with one another, in an atmosphere of mutual respect, the more we can identify common ground on which to move forward.” 

Panel dates and topics include the following:

  • October 13th, 7pm-9pm, University of Central Oklahoma, College of Liberal Arts, Pegasus Theater
    “The Oklahoma Budget Crisis – Who, What, and Why?”
  • November 3rd, 2pm-4pm, Oklahoma City University, Sarkey’s Science & Math Center, Homsey Hall
    “Religious Freedom & Diversity in the 21st Century”
  • December 1st, 2pm-4pm, Rose State College, Professional Training Center, Room 114
    “Why Free College Might Cost You More than Your Tuition”

The event includes discussions with notable experts in the various fields as well as a networking opportunity for attendees to visit more personally with the panelists. Each panel will be recorded and put on Rose State College’s YouTube channel. Most of the panels will be offered as a live-stream to watch in real-time.

Davenport and Rose State College received a $2,000 grant earlier this spring to support a separate panel discussion. You can find those conversations at Rose State’s Political Science Professor James Davenport can be reached at