Current Issues Discussion on Decline of Student Political Engagement

Current Issues Discussion on Decline of Student Political Engagement

As part of the University’s Current Issues discussion series, Chris Shays, distinguished fellow in public service at UNH and former U.S. congressman, and Toni Harp, Connecticut state senator representing West Haven and New Haven, will explore “Partisanship, Deadlock and the Decline of Student Political Engagement.” The program will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Moulton Lounge in Bartels Hall.

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of young people who are registered to vote has been steadily decreasing over the last 16 years. Currently, only half of people ages 18-29 are registered to vote. The decline of student political engagement is an important issue in today’s political climate. Students are encouraged to share their opinions about college-student voting and learn why their vote matters.

Additionally, the talk will explore recent topics that have highlighted the issues of bipartisanship, party favoritism and political deadlock.

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