• National Issues Forum Series

Suffolk students consider the influence of money in American Politics

Suffolk University received a grant to carry out a series of three public forums to engage citizens in deliberative dialogues on issues of national importance such as the national debt, money in politics, and the environment.

The second forum, "Money & Politics, Who Owns Democracy?" will take place on February 28, 2011, and, like the forum to follow, will provide a vehicle for students, other members of the community and the general public to participate in “democratic dialogue” about important issues facing our nation. Suffolk University students will weigh the pros and cons of three options for reducing the influence of money in American politics to reach a consensus.

The National Issue Forums is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. The small sessions of 20 to 30 participants are led by moderators, and the National Issue Forums provides a framework for the discussion as well as videos and printed discussion guides for participants. Data gathered from questionnaires at each of the forums will be reported by the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forum at congressional briefings and at the annual "A Public Voice" program on public television.

The Moakley Archive and Institute, the Government Department, the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service Center, and the College Republicans (SuffolkGOP) are involved in planning the forums. The program was sponsored through a partnership with the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress and the Kettering Foundation. The first forum, A Nation in Debt, took place in October 2011. The third and final forum will be presented in March of 2012.

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