American Democracy Project at RIC
Rediscovering the News: Millennials, Politics, & Social Media
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Alger Hall 110
Keynote: Nicco Mele, Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Panel Moderator: Mark Curtis, Anchor and Political Reporter, ABC6 Providence
Panelists: Scott MacKay, Political Analyst, Rhode Island Public Radio
Erika Niedowski, Associated Press Reporter
Kate Nagle, writer and news editor, GoLocalProv
Ed Fitzpatrick, Providence Journal Political Columnist
Nicco Mele of Harvard’s Kennedy School and author of the book, The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath, will deliver a keynote address in which he will discuss how our technology-fueled society and our ability to stay connected has changed nearly every aspect of our lives—including how we learn about the world around us. Following the keynote, Mele will be joined by our other invited guests for a discussion that will focus on (1) how consumption of the news is changing; (2) how political campaign reporting is evolving because of the influence of social media, (3) how the various forms of social media are influencing the ways in which voters are informed, and (4) how can students best utilize social media to stay informed for the 2014 elections.
The American Democracy Project (ADP) began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The over 220 participating colleges and universities. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP and is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.