Announcement: “Taking a Stand: Engaging in Public Discourse through Advanced Research and Writing”

Dr Benedict Rowlett (ENG) and Dr Simon Wang (LC)

The “Taking a Stand” seminar series is a core component of the GE Capstone course “Taking a Stand: Engaging in Public Discourse through Advanced Research and Writing” (GCAP3056), co-hosted by the Department of English Language and Literature and the Language Centre at Hong Kong Baptist University. The course is currently organised and taught by Dr Benedict Rowlett (ENG) and Dr Simon Wang (LC).

In this course, students identify a social problem facing our local/global society and conduct research to develop insightful and persuasive arguments on this issue. They will share their findings with stakeholders (e.g. the Hong Kong SAR Government and the public) through various channels such as writing letters to the editor and opinion pieces in the media, submitting reports to the government, and engaging members of the community through online and offline activities.

In the seminar series, leading figures from across Hong Kong society (NGO and community leaders etc.) are invited to discuss their work and vision with students. Through these talks, the students are expected to gain greater insight into issues of social justice, advocacy, and community engagement, and be inspired to work towards the betterment of society in their coursework projects and beyond.     

The next “Taking a Stand” seminar, entitled “Safeguarding Human Rights through Judicial Review in Hong Kong”, featuring guest speaker Mr Mark Daly from Daly and Associates, will take place on Zoom on Wednesday 14 October 2020 (7-8 p.m.)—more information can be found in the poster below. This talk is open to HKBU students and staff only. Please register via. the link or QR code.

(Saturday 10 October 2020)

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