Is free speech under threat? Discussion group raises questions about first amendment rights

Taylor Walding Variety Editor American Downfall, a discussion group led by Luke Ritter, a lecturer of history, organized a discussion on the concept of free speech and its consequences, particularly focusing on whether free speech is under threat on college campuses around the United States. Before the discussion, Ritter took an anonymous poll through Kahoot to Read More

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Can POTUS order a nuclear strike?

Pradyot Sharma Variety Editor American Downfall, a discussion group led by Luke Ritter, an assistant professor of history, organized a discussion on the limitations of the powers of the president of the United States (POTUS), including the question of whether the president could order a nuclear strike. The discussion followed a presentation by James Todhunter, an Read More

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Islamic state of mind: American Downfall on Sharia, Islamophobia, and the role of media in the U.S.

Madina Seytmuradova Staff Writer The latest seminar in the American Downfall series discussed the compatibility of Islam with American democracy on Wednesday, Sept. 13. “We spent time defining the difference between Islam and Islamism or political Islam,” said Aaron Hagler, an assistant professor of history. “The discussion ranged from what is Sharia, what is Islam, to Read More

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Confederate monuments bring controversy, spark discussion

Taylor Boydstun Variety Editor Following the nationwide controversy about Confederate monuments that has been reignited after the Charlottesville attacks, students and faculty discussed whether such monuments should be removed from public spaces. The discussion forum “American Downfall” debated the subject “What Do Confederate Monuments Symbolize?” in Patterson Hall 214 on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at noon. Luke Read More

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