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Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy

What does citizenship require and what does diverse democracy mean? What are the practical tools that can help society build and use the country’s diversity to address common goals and challenges? The answer to these questions and more will be discussed during the “Citizenship in a Diverse Democracy” alumni panel.
 
Date: Monday, February 19th
Location: Virginia Room, Ringhaver Student Center
Time: 6 p.m. 

Alumni Panelists

Lorna Bracewell, '05

Lorna Bracewell

Lorna is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her scholarship focuses on the politics of gender and sexuality and has been published in academic journals like Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and popular forums like The Washington Post. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2015 and her BA from Flagler College in 2005. Before beginning her academic career, Bracewell worked for over a decade as a singer/songwriter, recording and releasing 5 albums of original music and touring throughout the United States and Europe.

Luis Mark González, Jr, ‘12

Luis Gonzalez

Luis is a Senior Designer on the creative team at Squarespace in New York City.  Gonzalez joined Squarespace in 2013 and has worked closely on showcasing the brand across domestic and international markets. Gonzalez contributes his creative talents and leadership to a wide range of projects that include advertising, branding, one of a kind web site design and Super Bowl commercials. Born in California, raised in Puerto Rico, then moving to the sunshine state, Gonzalez attended Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where he graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design. He lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn with his wife Erica and their dog, Maple. 

Michelle Kundmueller, ‘00

Michelle Kundmueller

Dr. Michelle M. Kundmueller is a political theorist and attorney. Assistant professor at Christopher Newport University, she teaches classes that blend political philosophy, literature, and law. Following a liberal arts education at Flagler College, she studied law at the University of Notre Dame and then practiced law in Chicago for five years. Eventually leaving the practice of law to pursue a doctorate in political theory at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Kundmueller's research now focuses on the internal dispositions and desires that shape the virtues, rhetoric, and practices of citizens in private and public life. Publications forthcoming in Polity and Perspectives on Political Science explore the consequences of virtue for politics in the works of Homer, Saint Augustine, Shakespeare, and Tolkien. She continues to devote much of her research to legal matters and has recently published an article on constitutional interpretation in the First Amendment Law Review.

Dr. Kundmueller’s current projects bring ancient and medieval political theory to bear on perennial problems in American democracy.  In particular, one paper focuses on Martin Luther King Jr.'s distinctive employment of natural law theory and a second unearths the classical roots and democratic implications of the rhetorical style of To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch.