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!

LIB 100/201 approved and pizza will be provided.

Check out some of our events from Fall 2019!

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. 

Fall 2020 Schedule

Date:

Topic:

Location:

Time:

September 16

1920-2020: Women's Voting Rights

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

September 23

How to keep up with the Media

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

September 30

Student Senate Panel

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

October 7

Mental Health and Politics

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

October 14

Issues and Proposals on the Ballot

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

October 21

First Time Voter's Seminar

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

October 28

How to Vote on Tuesday

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

November 4

Election Day Debrief Part 1: What happened?

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

November 11

Election Day Debrief Part 2: Where do we go from here?

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

November 18

Election Day Debrief Part 3: Putting your plan into action?

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

December 2

Civil Dialogue

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.

December 9

A Reflection on Democracy 

Mary Idema Pew Library

Multipurpose Room or Virtual TBD

6-8 p.m.


Have anything you want us to add to this list? Email it to us at service@gvsu.edu


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 submit your idea here!


Check out some videos from past DEM 101 events!

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