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On Wednesday, Nov. 16, The Office of University Life hosted a post-election discussion, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY: Feminism, Media and the State of the Union. AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY is Columbia's lunchtime conversation series on race, ethnicity, disparities and justice issues.

View a recording of the event here, and panelists' suggested tips for civic engagement here. Additional readings and topical music selections follow. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, The Office of University Life hosts  AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Columbia's lunchtime conversation series on race, ethnicity, disparities and justice – with a stellar panel discussing the impact of a dominant two-party system on our country and communities, “One Nation Under Politics.” Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.

The Office of University Life hosts the next installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Mar. 10, with panelists representing a wide range of perspectives on gender, feminism and masculinity. Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.

The Office of University Life hosted the fourth installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Tues. Feb. 16, with panelists representing a wide range of perspectives on food access, security and justice. You can view a recording of the event here. Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.

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The Office of University Life hosted the third installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Jan. 21, with panelists who represent a range of perspectives and viewpoints on the intersection of faith, freedom and politics. You can watch a recording of the event here. Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.

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The Office of University Life hosted the second installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Nov. 5, with panelists who will discuss the intersections of race, violence, policing and community safety.

The Office of University Life presents the first of a new conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Oct. 8, with TED Fellow and social justice comedian Negin Farsad, Columbia Professor of Sociology Van C. Tran, Co-director of the Dream Coalition Cesar Vargas, and moderator Duarte Geraldino of Al Jazeera America. Our panelists represent a range of perspectives and immigrant experience, and viewpoints on immigration policy and reform. Read on to find suggested readings, representing their work or items they suggest relevant to the panel's discussion.

Barbara Arnwine is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and president and founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, a national organization committed to using a multisectoral and interdisciplinary approach to bring about systemic change that achieves racial, gender, economic and social justice and human rights. She also is an advisor to the Awakening Our Democracy series. 

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