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Encouraging Exchange

Providing Opportunities for Connection Through Legal Studies

Encouraging an open, respectful dialogue of different viewpoints is an integral part of the college experience. At UToledo, students study our nation’s laws through diverse programming that fosters civic debate and active citizenship.

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A new Institute of American Constitutional Thought and Leadership offers students the opportunity for deeper exploration of how the 236-year-old Constitution continues to shape our country’s political, cultural and legal norms and arguments. Led by Lee Strang, J.D., the John W. Stoepler Professor of Law and Values in the UToledo College of Law, the institute sparked debate when it was created and funded by the Ohio Legislature.

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For more than 20 years, UToledo’s Law and Social Thought undergraduate program has advocated for the study of law in the context of the liberal arts. Directed by Renée Heberle, Ph.D., professor of political science, and Jerry Van Hoy, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, the interdisciplinary program explores connections between law and morality, politics, language, history and power.

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A terrorism simulation course taught by Joel Voss, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Homeland Security puts students in groups that work throughout the semester to either plan and execute an attack or defend against a threat to better understand extremism and counterterrorism.

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The 20th annual International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference created by Celia Williamson, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor of social work and director of the UToledo Human Trafficking and Social Justice Institute, will advance collaborative research, advocacy, programs and legislation to support survivors and address the issue.

Celia Williamson, Ph.D.

To prepare nurses to best treat the whole patient, a UToledo College of Nursing clinical experience run by instructor Karen Mortland connects students with the Lucas County Drug Court to observe and engage with leaders who actively address substance abuse and approach treatment through a public health lens.

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Last Updated: 9/7/23