Kaitlyn Bailey, History, Political Science, & English major
Topic: Answering the Battle Cry of Freedom: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Call to Noble Action
The aim of Bailey's project is to understand the Civil War experience of Chamberlain, most known for defending Little Round Top at Gettysburg, through his own words. The center of this experience was what Chamberlain labeled the “call to noble action.” By understanding the call to noble action, one can better understand the experiences Chamberlain and his men had during the Civil War.
Naomi Sims, Political Science & Creative Writing major
Topic: The Relationship of Artificial Intelligence and Humanity: Andy, the Analysis of a Screenplay
In her presentation, Sims will explore AI through film as opposed to more formal academic mediums because film provokes thought and introspection by placing the viewer in the shoes of a character. She will discuss the possibility of AI wanting to be human rather than to destroy humanity. AI as human raises philosophical, moral, and political questions which she will seek to answer by creating a fictional world and exploring what those relationships could look like.
Hendrick Stoops, Political Science major
Topic: Power, Politics, & Public: The Sublime & Depraved Uses of Zeppelins in Germany
Stoops' study examines the political influences of and on Zeppelins, particularly in the Weimar and Nazi eras, in order to better understand their importance to the German people and government. He examines primary documents, and three particular ships covered in them, to highlight the links between Zeppelins and sociopolitical identity.
More information about URCA, including full abstracts for each presentation, can be found on their blog. ...Read more
Unlike accounting, marketing or computer programming, which are skills, human rights, a free press and democratic government are ideas. Consequently, if those who believe in democracy don't stay conversant with ideas and how they should influence us, an appreciation of the subtleties that allow democracy to work will dissolve. We're already seeing it every time we turn on the news.Here's the whole column:
Democracy Dies in Materialism and the U.S. is at Risk
Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump, in what amounted to an ongoing editorial about his administration, The Washington Post situated the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" right below the paper's masthead. It's a bold pronouncement: not entirely inaccurate, but one that falls far short of encompassing the broader threat to the democratic order in the United States.
It's more accurate to say that democracy dies in materialism, by which I mean our utilitarian attitude today that knowledge is rooted only in marketable skills. It changes our perception of democracy from being a way to secure abstract rights and liberties into a means by which we can have fewer limits on what we obtain, measure each other by what we have and block those who disagree with us.
A materialistic view doesn't equip us to think deeply about human rights, civil rights, the role of government or human flourishing. It cripples our ability to think historically and critically, and so reinforces the tribalism that's already transforming our politics into isolated echo chambers of certainty and hostility.
As a teacher I see this constantly. "I love history and I would major in it, but my parents won't let me," is one of the saddest things a student has ever...Read more
Learn more about ATIC at this “Come & Go” session.Wednesday, April 18 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.Ronk Lecture Hall, Schar College of Education
ATIC offers 14-week in-residence internships near Dayton in either Intelligence to become an all-source intelligence analyst or Cyber Data Security to become a cybersecurity analyst
During an internship at ATIC, you will:
Learn from leaders in the Intelligence community in organizations such as CIA, FBI, NSA, DEA.Learn by doing, discovering and exploring cybersecurity and data analysis in an experiential learning environment.Earn 12 semester hours of credit.Be eligible for Secret or Top Secret Security Clearance.
BE CAREER READY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!Ashland University’s Partnership with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) opens doors for your career as either an Intelligence Analyst or as a Cyber Analyst.
Who can participate in the Intelligence Program?
Students from many majors are needed in the Intelligence Community, for example majors in Criminal Justice, History/Political Science, Math, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Accounting, Economics, Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, Psychology, Philosophy, English and others. Students must be 20 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have no felony convictions.
Who can participate in the Cyber Data Program?
Most likely Computer Science or Information Systems majors or minors. Students must be 18 years of age, and complete a criminal background check. The benefits of an internship at ATIC continue after completion of the internship as ATIC staff helps expedite the process to get graduates on the job.
Additional information and the approval form may be found on the College of Arts and Sciences pages at Ashland.edu/ATIC....Read more
Ashbrook Scholar Program
The Ashbrook Scholarship is a $2,000 annual and renewable scholarship to Ashland University awarded solely on merit to the most promising students interested in studying politics and history. But it’s so much more than that.
There is a sense of honor attached to being called an “Ashbrook Scholar” because one must work hard to win and keep the title. In the course of their four years at Ashland University, Ashbrook Scholars from across the nation undertake a program of courses and activities that challenge their mettle as students and bring out the best qualities of their character.
The broader purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar Program is to educate principled leaders for America’s future by teaching the principles of free government and promoting the civic virtue necessary to maintain it.
The Ashbrook Scholar Program has achieved a national reputation as one of the finest programs for undergraduate students due to the quality of the students it attracts, the superb faculty who teach them in the classroom, and the dedicated staff who devote an extraordinary amount of time to them outside the classroom. These factors, coupled with a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes the reading of original historical texts and documents, come together to form an undergraduate program in politics and history that cannot be found anywhere else.
Learn more about this opportunity for those who intend to major or minor in history, political science, or integrated social studies education at www.ashbrookscholar.org.