Conversations on Citizenship

Multimedia journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses the role of social media in democracy

Vargas discusses how social media empowers individuals and brings light to the ideas of the people. Vargas also suggests that social media could be contributing to the polarizing political discourse in the U.S.

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West on the importance of being an informed voter
Activists and intellectuals, Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West discuss the role of education in developing informed and engaged citizens. They call for voters to look for representatives who best align with their views and to hold politicians accountable.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (ret.) speaks with young journalists about civics
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks with young journalists on the importance of civics education and how an understanding of how the government works is critical to being an informed and engaged citizens.
Jane McGonigal on how to use video games to solve real world problems
Jane McGonigal, PhD, is an expert on alternate reality games and a renowned game developer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. She discusses how video game dynamics can be used to solve real world problems and engage citizens.
Mary Ellen Klas on Florida politics

Mary Ellen Klas, Tallahassee Bureau Chief for the Miami Herald, discusses issues facing the Florida state legislature. She believes that citizens need to participate more in the legislative process and hold their representatives accountable.

Kalpen Modi and Bob Graham on reinvigorating civic participation
Kalpen Modi, an accomplished film and TV actor who now serves as the associate director of public engagement at the White House, talks with Gov. Bob Graham about the White House’s goals for the youth roundtable initiative, revising UF’s mission statement , the lack of civic education in today’s society and the need to form a coalition of public service institutions to reinvigorate civic participation.