Nov 7, 2018. 8:00PM

Wheeler 222

In the wake of one of the most anticipated midterm elections in modern American history, BridgeUSA invites you to join Professor Darren Zook as he talks about the impact these elections will have moving forward. Key to the discussion will be the issues surrounding political diversity, increasing partisanship in Washington, and influence on future generations.

Prof. Darren Zook lectures in the political science surrounding south and southeast Asian cultures, as well as how these cultures interact with the rest of the world. He recently published a four part book series on Diversity in America, including a section focusing on political diversity.

The event will be a modified version of BridgeUSA's traditional open forum discussions, where Professor Zook will provide his personal opinions and detailed insights, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The 2018 midterm elections will set the course of American politics for the foreseeable future and is undoubtedly one of the most important political events this year. We highly encourage everyone to come, participate, and discuss with Professor Zook.

Nov 13, 2018. 7:00PM

VLSB 2060

In a time when blue and red seem so divided, two people with very similar backgrounds but divergent political beliefs prove that friendship is possible and raise hopes for a Purple America. Join BridgeUSA in welcoming Berny and Geston, a Democratic pastor and Republican politician respectively, as they discuss issues such as:

1. Immigration laws
2. Stand Your Ground Laws vs Consitutional Rights
3. Black Lives Matter vs Blue Lives Matter
4. Why We Love America
5. Critiques of America
6. What America Can Be

Friends since middle school, Berny and Geston both grew up in Haiti, immigrated to the United States around the same time, and have remained close till this day. Berny is a Republican, law school graduate, and a candidate for Florida State Representative. Geston is a Democrat, dedicated pastor, and member of the Acapella group "Committed". Regardless of their differences, they both hold deep respect for one another and aim to convey important ideas during their talk like you can disagree without being disagreeable and uniformity is not a prerequisite to unity.

Here's the official website where you can learn more about Berny and Geston as well as their discussion: https://respectandrebellion.com/speakers/berny-geston/

Please come out on November 13 7pm-8:30pm at VLSB 2060 to hear what they have to say!