Election 2012 - Symposium Day
The Webb Schools will hold an Election Symposium on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. The main goal of the symposium is to get students passionately engaged in the political process by helping them learn more about the coming national election, and politics in general, as they take part in a community-created educational event.
The Election Symposium will include presentations by students, faculty and visiting alumni. Students will attend four, 30-minute presentations (9:30 am to noon) on a topic of their choice. Student and faculty-led workshops will be centered on various political topics and issues. All 11th grade students will be crafting and leading a workshop as part of their work in U.S. history. Students will also be staging a presidential debate (7:30 to 9:00 pm) during which they will act as the main party presidential and vice-presidential candidates, as representatives of other parties, and as reporters asking questions. Students studying statistics will be conducting post-debate exit polls and a mock election will be held on campus the following day.
Student-led sessions will include: Women in Washington; Post 9/11 US Foreign Policy; Social Media in Protests; Political Cartoons; and Lobbying Washington. Faculty-led sessions to include: Colleges and the majors of our Presidents; Bush/Gore 2000; Campaign Commercials; Republicans and Democrats Brain Differences; Campaign Songs; Latinos and Politics; Energy Policy Today; and the Art of Political Buttons.
Visiting presenters: Alix Rosenthal ’91, 2nd Vice Chair, San Francisco Democratic Party; Corey Calaycay ’88, Claremont City Council; and members of the Democrats of the Claremont Colleges. Video Conference attendees include Steve Farley ’81, Arizona State Senator and Scott Shalett ’88, principal and senior member of Dewey Square Group’s grassroots practice.
View the full listing of sessions along with descriptions.