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Social Security, Obesity, Education, Same-Sex Marriage Among Topics of Dec. 10, 12, 14 Programs

Dec. 7, 2012

Legalizing marijuana and same-sex marriage, immigration rights, education spending, obesity and social security are among the topics to be discussed at the American Democracy Project town halls Dec. 10, 12 and 14 at Cal State Fullerton. The noon-1 p.m. town hall meetings are free and open to the public.

The American Democracy Project is a national initiative, hosted at college and university campuses around the country. It seeks to foster informed civic engagement. Cal State Fullerton is taking part through a political science class taught by Scott J. Spitzer, assistant professor of political science. His students have been preparing for the Town Hall discussions throughout the fall semester. They will lead the talks with invited community leaders to deliberate on policy problems, issues and solutions, said Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, associate professor of political science and ADP director.

Town Hall Schedule

Dec. 10, Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion — "Social Policy"

Guests include: José L. Cruz, CSUF provost and vice president for academic affairs; Chris Corliss, program director of Orange County Department of Education's Health, Sports and Physical Education and the Center for Healthy Kids and Schools; Pam Keller, director of the Fullerton Collaborative; Michelle Martinez, Santa Ana city councilwoman; and Shari G. McMahan, dean of the CSUF College of Health and Human Development.

Topics include: Social Security, welfare, federal spending on California education, arts funding in Los Angeles, nutrition and childhood obesity, unemployment insurance and nutrition in public schools.

Dec. 12, Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion — "Economics"

Guests include: Ken O'Donnell, senior director of student engagement and academic initiatives and partnerships for the CSU Office of the Chancellor; Judy Botelho, director of the CSU Center for Civic Engagement; Paul Wormser, acting director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library; Robert Turnage, CSU assistant vice chancellor for budget; Mike Ruane, Cal Optima's interim chief operating officer; John Copal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; and Catherine Ward, coordinator of CSUF's Veteran Student Services.

Topics include: government spending on education, CSU tuition fee hikes and budget cuts, health care spending, state income taxes and unemployment among veterans.

Dec. 14, Residence Halls Courtyard — "Civil Rights and Liberties"

Guests include: CSUF President Mildred García; Kevin O'Grady, executive director of The Center OC; Kate Jeffrey, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood; and Mindy Farmer, education director of the Richard Nixon Library.

Topics include: same-sex marriage, women's rights, immigration rights and marijuana legalization.

The town halls are being sponsored by Cal State Fullerton's Division of Politics, Administration and Justice; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Government and Community Relations; the criminal justice student honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma; the public administration honor society, Pi Alpha Alpha; and the Moot Court Club.

Parking is $2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online.

More information about the town halls also is available online.

Media Contacts:

Scott J. Spitzer, Political Science, 657-278-3771

Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, Political Science, 657-278-3467

Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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