A variety of speakers will present their perceptions of civic learning and youth engagement in politics as part of the Civic Discourse Forum, sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. “Millennials and Politics: It’s Not Just About Service Anymore,” will take place from Monday, Oct. 20 until Thursday, Oct. 23. It provides opportunities to discuss topics and develop skills pertinent to our lives as engaged citizens.
Abby Kiesa, youth coordinator of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), will present “November ’08 and Beyond: Millennials Talk Politics. Or Do They?” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20 in the Geneva Room. Kiesa will discuss an assessment of current college students’ outlooks on service and politics, as well as ways to encourage students to remain active in the political arena. CIRCLE, founded in 2001, promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.
Then, on Wednesday, Wayne Meisel, president of the Bonner Foundation and founder of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL), will present “Civic Engagement and the New Hope for American Democracy” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Meisel will explain his work with college students and how they must become truly civically engaged in order to be the catalyst to a renewed American spirit. As president of the Bonner Foundation, Meisel provides support and guidance for more than 80 colleges and universities that seek to engage students and communities in efforts promoting education and hunger prevention. Meisel has also created a platform for students and graduates to encourage their peers to serve others and bring about positive change by establishing the internationally known Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL).
Wrapping up the forum, Eric Massa will present “Pizza with a Politician” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 in the Sanford Room. Massa is currently running for Congress in New York State’s 29th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Randy Kuhl. He will speak about the issues affecting New York, his outlook on running a campaign and his plans to encourage youth engagement in politics.