The 8 Threads
The Threads portion of the 2017 Stamps Scholars National Convention is a section of time in which Scholars will divide into groups with defined topics. Students will then spend time in discussion concerning these subjects, providing them not only the opportunity to grasp a new topic, but also the chance to connect and network with other Stamps Scholars from all over the country. Thread activities will include relevant lectures, activities, tours, and small-group discussions. Content planning for each thread is overseen by a team of Scholars from one or more Stamps partner institutions with logistical support from Georgia Tech Stamps Scholars.
Mental Health in the 21st Century
This thread will discuss how the stigma associated with mental illness changes across generations and national boundaries. Groups will consider how technology will assist and/or inhibit the treatment of these illnesses. Furthermore, students will propose how health policy in the United States can be reformed to ensure the proper diagnosis and treatment for all demographics.
Living in an Energy Crisis
Stamps Scholars will deliberate on the allocation of resources in the event of an energy crises. Students will also discuss how to convince others, both individually and globally, to reduce energy consumption and turn to more sustainable sources. Expanding on this topic, groups will determine ways in which our energy production, transportation, storage, and consumption can be made more efficient and sustainable.
Terrorism and America’s Role in the Post-9/11 World
While discussing the scope of terrorism in the world today, students will also determine what specific American interests are at stake in this issue. The Stamps Scholars will define which values and interests should guide the United States’ counterterrorism policy. In determining America’s ultimate goal in combatting terrorism, this thread will determine exactly how we should use our powers for the “greater good.”
The Evolving Infrastructure of Global Health
This thread will open by outlining the current problems existing in today’s healthcare, both domestically and abroad. Students will discuss the newest advancements and how they can be applied to different cultural and social settings. Scholars will consider how different cultures perceive healthcare and nutrition, determining how to positively affect these views.
Shifting Demographics and Their Impact on American Politics
This thread will examine how demographic changes in the past have influenced American political discourse. They will also determine the current demographic shifts in politically active voters, determining why these changes are occurring. Furthermore, Scholars will predict what changes in American politics are in the near future due to shifting demographics.
The Future of Human Space Exploration
Stamps Scholars will discuss if the United States should still seek to lead efforts into space, considering our partnership with other countries and the commercial sector. This thread will also determine what steps are needed to ensure the success of reaching Mars one day. Expanding on this topic, students will deliberate on the social implication of leaving our home planet behind in the event of a successful Mars colonization.
Developing Artificial Intelligence
Students will examine the current tools and methodologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI), determining how to improve these processes. This thread will also outline the ultimate goal for AI in global society, discussing the ethical and religious implications of the science’s limitations in the process. Groups will define specific plans to prepare the job force for the upcoming shift in manufacturing technology.
The Intersection of Music, Art, and Society
This thread will define how musical and artistic influences have caused societal shifts in the past. Students will examine how the changing demographics of our society have impacted the overall landscape of music and art. This group will also determine if the influences of music and art are, on balance, more beneficial or more detrimental in terms of societal impact.