Finding Our Common Thread: Tackling Political Apathy
is a three part discussion on current topics that affect us all. PBS39 has partnered with Lehigh University’s Global Citizenship program to host each of these events that include informed panelists sharing their knowledge on the subjects and group discussions designed to attempt to answer some of the tough questions that arise from the topics. This program is made possible by the Lehigh University Center for Community Engagement.
Tracy is a reporter/host for PBS39 and a recent graduate of Temple University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. While at Temple, she served as Anchor and Reporter for the OwlSports Update program, work that garnered her a Mid-Atlantic College Emmy Award for Best Talent. Tracy recently hosted a live-community conversation on school safety and is featured on PBS39’s new show, Let’s Go!. Last May, she received the Temple University Diamond Award which is the highest recognition that can be bestowed on an undergraduate student. Tracy has been a brain injury awareness advocate and a public speaker for nearly a decade. It is her passion to help people with brain injuries after suffering from a concussion that ended her high school athletic career.
Topic 1 : Economic Globalization
Alicia Miller Karner
Associate Professor in Lehigh University’s Department of Political Science and a Globalization and Social Change Initiative/Global Studies Program professor. Dr. Fennell has a MA/ Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Her book manuscript on how the Chinese Communist Party represented its Cold War-era foreign policy outreach to various African states as an expression of “soft power” is currently under contract with Oxford University Press and will come out sometime next year.
Topic 2 : Refugee Crisis and Migration
Topic 3 : LGBTQ Rights & Gender Equity
Adrian Shanker is Executive Director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, which provides arts, health, and youth programs for the LGBT community across the Lehigh Valley. Adrian is a leader in LGBT health advocacy with a decade-long history of working for LGBT legal and social equality. A specialist in LGBT health policy, Adrian has developed leading-edge campaigns to advance health equity for LGBT Pennsylvanians, through policy, behavioral, and clinical changes.