Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to the election on November 2, Penn students will continually be encouraged to vote, and often asked to vote for a particular candidate. Students may attend voter education events or panels. On October 28, United Leaders—an organization dedicated to bringing idealism back to politics through young people—is encouraging all Penn students to take a break from listening to expert panels and party representatives and start talking politics. They are sponsoring an election discussion day to give students the opportunity to deliberate among themselves and with their professors.
One of the components of this election discussion day is faculty/student lunches and dinners. The idea is that students discuss the election with the professors and students that they interact with during a typical day. They are asking that faculty from all disciplines, not just political science or a related field, hold small group discussions with students in their courses. These discussions would ideally take place over a meal, lunch or dinner, but could occur at any time throughout the day. While professors certainly do not have to share their own personal politics if they do not so choose, we are encouraging professors to facilitate the conversation and to make a link to the topic of their course or research (if possible).
United Leaders will help facilitate these conversations by providing discussion points, if indicated. These are meant to be informal discussions among students and their professors, so United Leaders will not be directly involved in each individual discussion. However, we would appreciate it if we knew of plans to hold a discussion with students.
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Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 7, October 12, 2004
October 12, 2004
Volume 51 Number 7