"The Power of Persuasion: Exploring Current Issues"

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CONFERENCE: Collin College Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference

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Kirby, Lisa A; Asnake, Mahlet; Washington, Stefan; Khakpour, Mohammad
English Language and Literature
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Panel Chair: Lisa Kirby Student Presenters: Mahlet Asnake, Stefan Washington, and Jon CortezAs society has become more globalized and interconnected, so too has the complexity of the world we live in. Whether considering the complexity of affirmative action or the impact of war on animals, it is clear that there are no easy answers. However, despite the issue, rhetorical and persuasive strategies offer the opportunity to explore and better understand these varied and important issues.This panel, composed of four ENGL 1302 students who studied and researched a variety of current issues, will present their arguments and offer possible solutions to these problems. Mahlet Asnake will explore the complexity of affirmative action in her paper, “The Case for Affirmative Action,” while Jon Cortez will also consider this challenging issue in his presentation, “House Divided or Forced Equality: Rethinking Affirmative Action.” Meanwhile, Mohammad Khakpour considers the role and treatment of animals during wartime in “Humans Are Not the Only Victims in Wars,” while Stefan Washington considers both race- and class-based affirmative action in “Minorities v. The Board of Education.” Panel participants will present their findings, while leaving time for questions at the end of the session.