For Immediate Release — Thursday, September 11, 2008
David Irwin
Media Relations Officer
(585) 245-5516

Two National Speakers Coming to SUNY Geneseo to Address the Future of Democracy

GENESEO, N.Y. – Two national speakers will explore the involvement of youth in American democracy during addresses at SUNY Geneseo Sept. 15 and 17.

Peter Levine from Tufts University will address “The Future of Democracy” Sept. 15 at 4 p.m., and author and newspaper columnist  Jane Eisner will discuss college student involvement in the nation’s democracy during her address Sept. 17 at 1:45 p.m.  Both presentations are in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom and are open to the public without charge.

Levine, director of CIRCLE (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) at the Tisch College of Citizenship at Tufts, will discuss the repercussions of what he says are young Americans’ increasing deficiencies in the skills and opportunities necessary to participate in politics or address public problems. 

Levine’s research centers on the civic and political engagement of Americans between age 15 and 25, including voter election data and analysis, civic education, community service and young people’s use of the news and electronic media.

Eisner, author of the book Taking Back the Vote and a syndicated columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, will address why college students need to participate in the country’s democracy by getting involved in the political process and voting in public elections.  Eisner’s book was the summer reading selection for new Geneseo students.

Levine’s address is cosponsored by Geneseo’s Office of the Provost, Division of Student and Campus Life, the American Democracy Project, Residence Life and GOLD  (Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development).  Eisner’s address is cosponsored by the same organizations with additional support from Sundance Books, Geneseo’s Orientation and First-Year Programs Office, the Center for Community, and the campus Student Association.