The State of American Democracy and the November 2024 Elections (POP2357.03)

Susan Sgorbati & Brian Campion

This Pop Up Module will be led by students under the facilitation of Susan Sgorbati and Vermont State Senator Brian Campion. Students will create and structure the Fall 2024 Public Policy Forum for Bennington students and students across the United States, focusing on the November elections. The Forum will be viewed in the context of the state of American democracy, viewed through the unique lens of Vermont and a Bennington College education. We will delve into the principles, challenges, and innovations that define democracy in the United States, with a specific focus on Vermont’s contributions and perspectives. Three areas of specific content will be covered: Resources for students on Voter Registration and Public Policy, Guidance on Filling Out Applications for Summer internships with Voter Registration groups and Campaign offices, and Conflict Resolution training. Particularly, the class will focus on the ‘purple’ identity and values that seek to find common ground given a variety of political views in a polarized era of American politics, while maintaining the integrity and values of equity, inclusion, diversity and justice that are aspirations of the American experiment with democracy.

Students will surface the issues that they care about and want to discuss, will identify national Senate and House candidates, journalists and community activists as guests, and talk about what is important to them in the November Presidential election.

Course dates: April 15, 22, & 29

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Hybrid
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 1
M 6:00PM-10:00PM (3rd module block)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

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