Leading college voting expert to speak at Civic Action Week

Nancy Thomas, a leading expert in voting patterns among college students, will join Chancellor Andrew D. Martin for the discussion “Educating for Democracy in a Time of Division” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Simon Hall at Washington University in St. Louis. Registration is requested. 

Thomas directs the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, which examines student voting rates and conditions at nearly 1,200 U.S. colleges. (A record-breaking 71% of eligible Washington University students voted in the 2020 presidential election according to IDHE data.)

The conversation is one of 16 virtual and in-person events planned for Civic Action Week, an initiative of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. 

“Civic Action Week is a tool for students to understand their civic journey, learn more about critical issues and build connections for future work,” said Louis Jones, voter engagement coordinator at the Gephardt Institute.

Other activities include: 

  • “Art to Activism,” a screen-printing workshop with WHAMMO! Art Club at Jordan Plaza, at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26
  • “Voting in Missouri, Civic Education and Engagement: Local Voting, Community Action and Impact,” a virtual discussion hosted by the Voter Access and Engagement initiative of the Brown School’s Center for Social Development, at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28
  • “This Civic Moment” live taping: Designing better cities with Aaron Naparstek of “The War on Cars” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Steinberg 100
  • The Civic and Community Engagement Fair, where students can learn more about social action groups and volunteer opportunities to serve the St. Louis community. The fair is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the South 40 clocktower.
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