Since 2004, the MJC Civic Engagement Project has been a joint venture between the Yosemite Community College District, Associated Students of MJC (ASMJC) and the League of Women Voters of Modesto. The initiative is designed to bring together faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to develop a series of opportunities to educate and empower members of the Modesto Junior College and greater Modesto area community.
As part of the district's Educational Excellence Initiative, the Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project will endeavor to promote responsible social stewardship as a primary value in higher education.
The project presently has three areas of interest:
- Film & Lecture
- Project Green
- Voter Education
Constitution Day Celebration and Information:
Modesto Junior College celebrates with a free, public Constitution Day event on campus to emphasize the importance of the U.S. Constitution, and in order to comply with the federal regulation requiring the development of educational programming to acknowledge Constitution Day each year. The event is usually held in the evening and features a presentation by a speaker. Students and staff have access to U.S. Constitution Day educational resources online from Civics Renewal Network which contains free Constitution Day materials. Another website containing resources for civics education is available at www.annenbergclassroom.org.
Fall 2021 Constitution Day Event: Friday, October 1st, 6 pm-7:30pm - Recording and Outline of Dr. Routh's Talk
- Topic: "The Constitutionality of Compulsory Vaccinations: Governmental Power vs. Individual Liberty"
- Friday, October 1st, 6:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar
- Click here for an outline of Dr. Stephen Routh's talk on Friday, October 1.
- The lecture portion of the event is on the CEP YouTube Channel or you can also view it here. The talks begins 33 minutes into the video.
This year we are honored Constitution Day by exploring the constitutionality of mandatory vaccines. We hosted a lecture and discussion with Dr. Stephen R. Routh, Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science, Public Administration, & Leadership Studies California State University, Stanislaus.
The talk focused on American constitutional issues related to government mandated vaccinations and those inherent tradeoffs between state power to protect the common good/public welfare on one hand and the guarantee of fundamental right and liberties for individuals on the other. The primary discussion was on US Supreme Court decisions and their rationales that frame our understanding of what the US Constitution allows and does not allow in terms of compulsory immunizations ordered by both local/state governments and the federal government. The talk, Q&A, and readings below also address mandates, recent developments with the Biden administration, the sources of anti-vaccinationist mindsets, and the potential direction of future Supreme Court cases.
Below are readings and materials related to the talk that will informed the presentation
- Wendy E. Parmet. "Rediscovering Jacobson in the Era of COVID-19." = https://www.bu.edu/bulawreview/files/2020/07/PARMET.pdf
- Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld. "The Threat of Tribalism." = https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/the-threat-of-tribalism/568342/
- Jan Hoffman. 2019. "How Anti-Vaccine Sentiment Took Hold in the US" = https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/23/health/anti-vaccination-movement-us.html
- Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs. 2020. "Anti-vaccination Activists Are Growing Force at Virus Protests." = https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/02/us/anti-vaxxers-coronavirus-protests.html
- James Colgrove. State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America. 2006. University of California Press.
- Brian Dean Abramson. Chapter 6 in Vaccine, Vaccination, and Immunization Law. 2018. Bloomberg Law/American Health Lawyers Association.
What do we know about COVID and vaccines? Below are links to recent MJC science lectures on COVID.
The information in both lectures is based on the science expert community, those with a specialization in vaccinology and/or immunology, and who are actively publishing and reviewing the latest peer review data and publications in those fields. If you have questions about these lectures, please contact MJC Professors Erynn Lucas, Elizabeth McInnes, or Deborah Martin.
- Covid-19, Where are we now? Update and Discussion - February 10, 2021, MJC Science Colloquium - joint presentation by MJC professors Elizabeth McIness (Biology and Botany), Deborah Martin (Anatomy and Physiology), and Erynn Lucas (Microbiology/Infectious Diseases)
- Let's All Be Virologists! What is Virology? - September 26, 2020 - MJC MAPS (Modesto Area Partners in Science) - talk by MJC Microbiology Professor Erynn Lucas (her specialty is infectious diseases)