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Community Outreach

The Department of Humanities and Politics aims to serve the needs of our community while providing relevant educational experiences to our students.

Model United Nations Conference

Open to South Florida high school students

NSU’s award-winning Model United Nations team (NIRA: the Nova International Relations Association) hosts an annual Model U.N. conference for South Florida high school students each Fall. This annual event brings student delegates from local high schools to the NSU campus in Fort Lauderdale/Davie, Florida for a full day of debating global issues and working within the parameters of an actual UN General Assembly meeting. This event is led entirely by NSU students. The 2017 conference welcomed more than 120 Broward County-area high school students to the NSU campus.

Faculty advisors and teams interested in attending should contact:
G. Nelson Bass III, J.D., Ph.D., NSU assistant professor
(954) 262-8099 | nbass@nova.edu

Mock Trial Skills Workshop

Open to South Florida high school students

The NSU Undergraduate Mock Trial Team is working on creating a Mock Trial Skills Workshop in collaboration with local high schools. Faculty advisors who are interested in learning more should contact the Mock Trial Coach: Bill Barnier.

Faculty advisors and teams interested in attending should contact:
David Kilroy, PhD, Department Chair
(954) 262-8021 | dkilroy@nova.edu

NSU Center for the Humanities

In addition to championing core academic disciplines in the humanities such as history, philosophy, composition and rhetoric, criticism and theory of the performing and visual arts, literature and language studies, the Center for the Humanities is dedicated to highlighting the significant role the humanities play in related fields in the social sciences. The NSU Center for the Humanities also aims to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities as a complement to the core STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) with a view to encouraging students and scholars in those disciplines to explore these connections. The Center for the Humanities serves as a resource for both students and scholars at NSU and from elsewhere by hosting workshops, conferences, and other professional development opportunities. The Center for the Humanities also serves as a resource for teachers and students in the primary and secondary education system in the South Florida region, providing material resources and training opportunities. The Center is dedicated to engaging the wider South Florida community by partnering with community organizations and participating in local cultural initiatives that highlight the humanities.

Council for Dialogue and Democracy

The Nova Southeastern University Council for Dialogue and Democracy (CDD) is designed to support and expand the ongoing collaboration the university has with the community. The Council was created through a partnership between the Department of Humanities and Politics and Department of Conflict Resolution Studies in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences and the Guy Harvey Oceanographic Research Center (HCAS).  

We provide opportunities for groups and communities to use dialogues to explore the pressing issues facing us and help us to understand our options in addressing them. We are dedicated to practical democracy, including the basics of creating, maintaining, and fostering a society, economy, culture, and politics which advances, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” 

The Council offers a variety of workshops on topics such as ballot initiatives, voter education, conflict resolution, and webinar training seminars, and continuing education programs. We are also available to discuss other projects such as research to assist organizations, groups, and municipalities. 

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