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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!

Fall 2021: Doing Democracy in our Communities

Join us this fall for our expanded version of Democracy 101 in partnership with the Cook Leadership Academy out of Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Each session will have a presentation component that focuses on education about the topic and how it impacts not only our community, but communities across the country. The second half will hold space for a student led Dialogue about the topic. 

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September 29

Doing Democracy through Student Voting: MI Voter Engagement

Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-purpose Room (LIB 030)

6-8 p.m.

October 27

Doing Democracy Through Advocacy: Affordable Housing

Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-purpose Room (LIB 030)

6-8 p.m.

December 1

Doing Democracy Through Activism: Immigration in West MI

Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-purpose Room (LIB 030)

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