On Wednesday, October 26th, CCE hosted the Day of Dialogue. Among one of the many panels and forums hosted that day was the Democracy panel, which despite low responses from professors, there was a huge turnout! The panel attracted students and faculty from all disciplines, from media studies to political science.
With only standing room remaining, all eyes were drawn forward to our three panelists, Prof. Mario Murillo, Dr. Alicia Gil-Torres and Dr. Lubna Nadvi (via skype). Despite the technical difficulties from the jumpy skype feed, the panel went pretty smoothly. It was very interesting to hear and in the case of Dr. Nadvi, see how democracy works around the world from Spain and South Africa, to Colombia, and how in a lot of ways we’re all the same. We all have the same issues, from student debt, to corruption and an overall desire for our needs to be heard and met by the people we are putting in power. In such trying times as these, with the US election coming up, I think it was important for some students to hear the consequences and similarities of this election in particular the candidates and how they stack up to the rest of the world. The United States after all is a powerhouse and what happens here on November 8th is going to have a ripple effect worldwide.