Friday, December 2, 2011

You're Invited: Citizenship in a Sound Bite Era

Despite the now-common 24-hour news cycle, which would suggest more time for in-depth reporting and discussion, our news media works in sound bites and our social media in 140 characters. With these forms of information dominating our learning and discourse, the upcoming event, "Citizenship in a Sound Bite Era" provides a critical look at how our civic engagement and citizenship is being impacted. You're invited to engage in a stimulating conversation with a diversity of stakeholders - register today to have your say, in more than just an eight second snippet!

Citizenship in a Sound Bite Era

Citizenship in a Sound Bite Era

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CT)

Saint Paul, MN

Event Details

Hill Ballroom, Kagin Commons

Macalester College

6-6:30pm: Networking

6:30-8:00pm: Panel & Forum

In an age where the half life of information is shrinking daily and where news is produced more to entertain than to inform, how are we preparing young people for informed, engaged and sustained citizenship? What does citizenship look like in a world where communities can no longer be defined strictly by geographic borders? What knowledge and skills are required for citizenship in an era dominated by sound bites, social media and issues that cross borders? How do various sectors – education, business, government—support developing engaged citizens in this context? What approaches are promising? Where are current approaches falling short?

The Forum will initiate a conversation across a range of stakeholders working towards the common goal of building responsible, informed, and engaged citizens in the 21st century.


Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State, Minnesota

Trista Harris, Executive Director, Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College

Jamal Thompson, Director of Education, National Black MBA Association

Dana Mortenson, Executive Director, World Savvy

Moderated by: David O’Fallon, President & CEO, Minnesota Humanities Center

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in civic engagement, youth development and education

Community organizations working in the area of civic engagement are invited to share literature on their work at the event.

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