Democracy 101: A Series of Critical Conversations


This series of co-curricular lectures, panel discussions and workshops focuses on the idea and practice of democracy. 

We welcome faculty, staff, students and community partners to present. Possible topics may include: student activism, how to run for office, the history of social movements, democratic values, the idea of commons, student civic development, the role of media in a democracy, how to organize for social change, and more!

All sessions are INT 100/201 approved!

Winter 2021 Schedule

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January 27

The Census, Redistricting, and Gerrymandering

Join us for a presentation and Living Room Conversation.

Register via Laker Link or watch on Facebook Live!

 

6-8 p.m.

February 10

The 13th Amendment and The Prison Industrial Complex

Come learn more about the 13th Amendment, its lasting impacts and how it ties into the Prison Industrial Complex.

Register via Laker Link or watch on Facebook Live!

6-8 p.m.

February 23

The CSLC is encouraging students to attend the OMA event on BLACK-HAUS-TION from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

 

   

March 10

History of Intersectional Feminism and the Women's Movement Today

Join us for an engaging presentation surrounding Intersectional Feminism.

Register via Laker Link or watch on Facebook Live!

6-8 p.m.

March 24

Women, Leadership and Power 

Come take part in this session that will include a presentation about historical and present day women and their accomplishments followed by a panel of student leaders from across campus.

Register via Laker Link or watch on Facebook Live!

6-8 p.m.

April 7

Elect Her

Join the CSLC, Student Senate, Center for Women and Gender Equity, Running Start and other elected officials to learn about leadership and what running for office looks like!

Register via Laker Link or watch on Facebook Live!

6-8 p.m.


Check out photos from our past events!

Panelists from our Youth Political Engagement panel


Panelists from our youth political engagement panel discussion pose for a picture after their session. 

A full room of students listen in on a panel discussion about PFAS in Michigan.


Students listen in on an important panel discussion on PFAS in Michigan. 

Relando Thompkins-Jones speaks to a group of students about the importance of free speech and inclusion.


Relando Thompkins-Jones joined a panel of GVSU faculty and staff to speak to a group of students about the importance of free speech and inclusion. 

Mindy Holohan speaks to students about media literacy


In an interactive session on media literacy, Mindy Holohan joined GVSU student Jane Johnston and GVSU Librarian Elizabeth Psyck in sharing skills and lessons on the topic. 

Students and local officials gathered to talk about strategies for young women in leadership positions at Elect Her.


At 'Elect Her,' students and local officials gathered to talk about strategies for young women in leadership positions. 


Have an Idea for a Democracy 101 Event?

Do you have a question about democracy, civic life or student democratic participation that you would like to explore?

Are you interested in presenting or facilitating a workshop or a conversation about a current public issue?

Do you have an idea or a project that promotes civic life and democratic participation that you would like to share?

If so, please share your idea with us at (616) 331-2348 or service@gvsu.edu.


Past Democracy 101 Event Recordings

Didn't make it? Don't worry - you can still dive in to Democracy 101 by watching the videos below!

The Mythology of the American Dream

Democracy and the American Dream

Student Media and Democratic Engagement

 

 

Why Democracy Needs the News

Human Rights and the Promise of Democracy

Media Literacy and You

PFAS in Michigan

Educating Toward Direct Democracy

Hitler's Rise to Power