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Speaking of Democracy

Upcoming Events

Speaking of Democracy is a series of engaging conversations between students and community leaders on the health of American democracy.

Our first event will be facilitated by Professor Steve Nichols from CSUSM's Political Science Department. Professor Nichols will facilitate a guided discussion about political parties, and whether they are letting Americans down.

Please join us for a lively discussion and lunch on Tuesday, October 16 in USU 2310A&B during U-hour.

Speaking of Democracy 

Conversations between students and community leaders about the health of our democracy.


12:00 - 12:50 pm at the USU 2310A & B

  • Tuesday October 16th: Political Parties: Are they letting us down?
  • Thursday November 29th: Presidential Power: How much is too much?

More Information:

For more information please contact Elizabeth Matthews, Faculty Director of Civic Learning. 

Individuals with disabilities who would like to attend this event, please contact Elizabeth Matthews at regarding any special accomodations needs at least seven working days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accomodations.

Be part of the conversation!

speaking of democracy - Fall 2018

Speaking of Democracy participants

Participants discuss the value of consensus and deliberation in a healthy democracy.


Past Topics

Does Your Vote Matter?

A conversation about the value and impact of your vote: structurally (gerrymandering, the electoral college), procedurally, and emotionally.

Facilitators: Stephen Nichols and Ruoxi Li

Cehcks and Balances on Power

A conversation about the power balances of the three branches of U.S. government (judicial, legislative, and executive) and how this system is working for us today.

Facilitator: Stephan Hoover

Consensus and Deliberation

A conversation about the critical role of "restraint and reciprocity" in a healthy democracy and distinctions between direct democracy, deliberative democracy, and consensus.

Facilitator: Rochelle Green