SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY at Duke University

 

Connect to Politics

 

Connect2Politics (C2P) is a leadership initiative for Duke undergraduates interested in political engagement. Organized around a speaker series in the spring of 2014, C2P will expose students to a new generation of young political leaders who are shaping our cities.

The emerging consensus is "that many colleges and universities today choose to pay significant attention to various aspects of community engagement and civic participation," but "they devote minimal attention to political engagement, specifically" (Colby et al., Educating for Democracy, 2007, Pages 4-5). Like many universities around the country, Duke University has limited structured educational opportunities that expose undergraduates to politics (as opposed to political science) and promote political participation. C2P aims to address that void.

In 2009, C2P brought Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum, New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck, and then-Mayor, now-Senator Cory Booker to Duke. Fifteen students who were accepted to the C2P Committee had the opportunity to discuss the importance of political leadership with the speakers over dinner.


    The political dysfunction in Washington is a reality. The lack of political engagement among Duke undergraduates is understandable--but we think you can change that!

All of our speakers for this spring’s upcoming series are representing urban areas at the local or state level. The inspiration for the cities theme came from a book called The Metropolitan Revolution by Brookings Institution authors Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley. The book skillfully tells the story of how power in the United States is shifting away from Washington and toward major metropolitan areas. Pragmatic and often young municipal leaders are stepping up to tackle issues that Washington has left unsolved. Connect2Politics is bringing some of these leaders to you next semester.

We have four speakers confirmed for this C2P season:

                           


              Mayor Pete Buttigieg
              Tuesday, January 28, 5:30-6:30PM
              Rhodes Conference Room
              Sanford School of Public Policy
              Click here to learn more about Mayor Buttigieg                                                                                               

    

                                                         

                                                       


             

              Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis
              Tuesday, February 18, 5:30-6:30PM
              Rhodes Conference Room
              Sanford School of Public Policy
              Click here to learn more about                                 Assemblymember Malliotakis








           

           

            Supervisor Jane Kim
            Thursday, March 27, 5:30-6:30PM
            Rhodes Conference Room
            Sanford School of Public Policy
            Click here to learn more about Supervisor Kim






                 


                                          

                                          

                                           

                                            Mayor Julian Castro
                                            Tuesday, April 1, 5:30-6:30PM
                                            Fleishman Commons
                                            Sanford School of Public Policy