GSU Comm Dept. sponsors Democracy Day – 10/11

Come join us October 11th for Democracy Day!

Democracy Day is a day-long teach-in that connects GSU students with local reporters, professionals, and activists. The purpose of Democracy Day is to show students how much access they have to various Democratic processes. Democracy can seem very abstract, and Democracy Day aims to show students concrete ways they can interact with the Democratic process, from the reporting of news to running for office. Democracy Day is split into workshops that last approximately an hour. Multiple workshops will allow students to learn about the topics that interest them and have relevance to their lives.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(click on each event for details)

Come and get your program and RSVP if you haven’t already. We’ll also have goodies for our first 50 registrants. Coffee provided by Ebrik.
All levels of government make decisions that affect our environments, both urban and rural. But environmental decision making is often obscured by the interests of industry or by a lack of scientific understanding of the issues. Attend this panel to gain greater insight into the interplay of democratic decision making and environmental policy and health
Populism has quickly become a defining feature of the politics of not only the USA, but also the UK, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, and many other states. In this interactive session led by GSU’s Dr. Jennifer McCoy, participants explore populism and political polarization to learn the ways in which people can be set against each in other in political contexts.
Many thinkers of the left and the right argued throughout the 20th century that markets best served the economic interests of the population by provided cheap goods and access to modern technology. Some even said markets led directly to democracy. But is this true in an increasingly networked world. Join this panel to explore the relationship between markets and democratic life.
Democracy requires citizens who are “reasonable” and able to participate in decision making. However, we know that Americans of a variety of backgrounds are showing heightened rates of depression, anxiety, fear, and a host of other psychological issues. What can psychology tell us about how to have healthy, well-adjusted democracy? What does democracy need from the insights of psychology to be more inclusive and able to provide for the people? Come to this panel to explore the relationship between the human mind and our government.
A pizza lunch provided by us. Come and mingle, recharge, and meet fellow attendees.
Power is a difficult concept to grasp. Does it mean that ability to force someone to do what you want, or to convince them? Does it grow out of the barrel of a gun, as China’s Chairman Mao said, or is about land, money, or beliefs? One thing is for certain, power is needed to get things done. Join this panel to see the many ways journalists and citizens use and negotiate with government and exert their own power to achieve their goals.
The multicultural democracies of the world, including the USA, seem at a crossroads. Torn between those who find strength in a multiplicity of voices and those who worry about the pace of change. Whether it be racial, gender, sexual, political, or religious diversity, we all must operate in an increasingly multicultural world. How do diversity and democracy relate to each other and how can we ensure democratic government with the diversity that characterizes our lives?
The media is our conduit to political information beyond our reach. It also provides us with ways of seeing and understanding our fellow citizens. A healthy democracy requires a healthy media. What challenges face the media in the 21st century and what can be done to help?