For many HWS students, this historic Presidential election will be the first in which they cast their vote. To ensure an informed and educated decision, the Colleges’ Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) club is hosting a series of faculty panel discussions at Irene’s Coffee House.
Featuring members of the Colleges’ political science department including Professor Iva Deutchman, Associate Professor Cedric Johnson and Associate Professor DeWayne Lucas, the panels have been strategically placed throughout the campaign. The next discussion will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28 and a post-election reflection will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20.
“We pride ourselves on getting a group of people together and facilitating meaningful discussions and subsequent action,” said Michele Viterise ’09, co-president of the HWS chapter of AID. Started two years ago with the guidance of Deutchman, the group empowers and equips young people to address global issues – poverty, health, climate change, peace and security – by raising awareness and promoting just and sustainable solutions on campus. “It provides a great forum for student conversation and action and is a giant step in making our campus politically active again,” Viterise reflected.
After the similar and hugely successful panels last February and April, Bob Greco, owner of Irene’s, is excitedly anticipating this fall’s events. “I am a big supporter of HWS and understand the importance of bridging the campus and community,” he said. “It was remarkable to see such a wonderful blend of students and community residents at the past events. I hope this is achieved once again.”
The discussions are held from 7 to 8 p.m., and transportation is provided from Medbery parking lot. Irene’s is located in the Geneva Centre plaza, just beyond Boswell Field and the Bristol Field House on Hamilton Street.
“I hope that we continue to add to the overall awareness of politics on campus,” concluded Viterise. “Informing people what the candidates stand for and what these stances mean for U.S. citizens is paramount.”