The Indiana University Northwest Department of Minority Studies and IU Northwest Social Justice will host the program “Democracy is in the Streets — A Conference on Participatory Democracy” on campus this Friday and Saturday. Participants will use the democratic process to determine potential solutions to today’s most pressing social issues.
The event will commence on Friday, April 24, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., in Raintree Hall Room 102. It will continue on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Library Conference Center. Participation is free for those who register in advance and who attend both sessions. There will be a continental breakfast and a lunch provided at the event, along with an after-conference reception at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, provided free to all Saturday attendees.
Space is limited, so interested participants should register as soon as possible by calling the IU Northwest Department of Minority Studies at (219) 980-6629.
Students, faculty and staff from IU Northwest and other area campuses are invited to join with community activists from Northwest Indiana and Chicago in this dynamic program, in which participants will meet to shape and develop social justice-oriented domestic and foreign policy agendas through the process of participatory democracy. In this way, the group will explore, discuss and debate the meaning of and practical application of participatory democracy as a process for addresses social crises.
Finally, “Democracy is in the Streets” will propose a return to Abraham Lincoln’s idea of government “of the people, by the people and for the people” to provide democratic answers to the great issues of the age.
For more information on “Democracy is in the Streets,” contact the Department of Minority Studies at (219) 980-6629.