Awakening our Democracy: One Nation Under Politics - SUGGESTED READINGS

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


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.” You can view a recording of the event here. Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.

From Columbia Journalism School Faculty Member and New Yorker Staff Writer Jelani Cobb (@Jelani9):

From Senior Political Reporter for the Center for Public Integrity Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal)

From Co-Founder of MPower Change and Executive Director of the Arab American Association of NY  Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour)

From Former Chair of the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and Prof. of Government at Wallace S. Sayre Robert Y. Shapiro

A sampling of questions from our registered guests:

  • Are political parties still relevant and can the current two dominant parties evolve to reflect the growing, nationwide anti-establishment sentiment? 
  • What are the pros and cons of a third party and how can a third party rise?
  • How can we prevent unqualified people from becoming presidential nominees? 
  • Would ranked voting help encourage voters who are disenchanted with what they believe to be a corrupt electoral system?
  • What should politicians and lawmakers do - and what can average citizens do - to improve the futures of historically disenfranchised, socioeconomically disadvantaged, minority communities?
  • How will each presidential candidate’s policies impact black/Hispanic communities?
  • How can we stay motivated and hopeful when it’s likely we won’t see justice in our lifetimes?