Civic Engagement Series: RI Politics 101

Monday, March 13th, 2017 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm (ET)


RI Politics 101
Location:  Smith Buonanno 106

How do politics work in Rhode Island? What are the key issues facing the Ocean State, and how could changes in the federal government impact these issues? This panel discussion will engage students with local leaders to learn more about the unique political climate. Confirmed speakers are Rep. Shelby Maldando (D, Central Falls); Gonzalo Cuervo, Chief of State for the RI Secretary of State; and Nicole Pollock, Chief of Staff for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. Moderated by Scott Warren ’09, co-founder of Generation Citizen and Swearer Center Social Entrepreneur in Residence. 

During the workshop, there will be a quick review of civics, focusing on the relationship between local and federal law and politics. 

Break out sessions by city, state, and regional government will follow the panel. 

About the Series

This workshop series is designed to help students to engage in complex political conversations while promoting effective civic engagement. The series is framed as a discussion on the current state of our democracy, and Brown’s roles in promoting democratic values and a spirit of free inquiry. Each session can be attended independently, while the series has an overall arc from knowledge to action. The series is a pilot, and may be offered annually. Co-sponsored by the Watson Institute