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Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Watson Institute

Fall Semester Practitioner-Led Student Study Groups

These not-for-credit, 5 week study groups provide an opportunity for students to delve deeply into topics and apply theory and research to real world challenges. 


How to Influence America’s Future

Heidi Heitkamp, former U.S. Senator
The study group will meet five times in the Fall 2020 semester. Meeting dates are September 30, October 7, 14, 21, and 28. All meetings will take place from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. over Zoom.

The goal for this Study Group is to engage students in a discussion of long-term American structural issues and to encourage fact-based planning and decision making to meet these challenges.

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The 1619 Project: Governing Narratives
ZZ Packer, fiction and non-fiction writer

The study group will meet five times in the Fall 2020 semester. Meeting dates are October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4. All meetings will take place from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Zoom.

A fiction and non-fiction writer, ZZ Packer will lead a study group titled “The 1619 Project: Governing Narratives.”  A recent contributor to the New York Times 1619 Project, a journalistic effort to re-examine the legacy of slavery in the United States, Packer will engage students in the exploration of how certain political, historical and sociological narratives inform an American ethos and construct an American identity—sometimes at the expense of competing narratives. While the readings will include studies in politics, policy, governance, history, sociology, culture and literature, the underlying theme will be narrative itself.

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