Bring It To The Table Partners With College Debate 2016
Bring it to The Table, a multi-media project that unites citizens around issues and across party lines, has joined Dominican University of California’s College Debate 2016.
Bring it to The Table is a participatory online platform, a civic engagement campaign, a 40-minute documentary film, and a series of webisodes aimed at bridging political divides and elevating the national conversation. Bring It to The Table encourages Americans to stop bickering about politics, examine their own assumptions, and truly engage in civil discourse to help move our democracy forward.
Dominican is hosting the first ever College Debate 2016, a forum to engage young Americans in the electoral process so that they will be inspired to vote. The Commission on Presidential Debates – the nonpartisan organization that produces debates for the presidential and vice presidential candidates – designated Dominican as a Voter Education Partner.
Students from 150 colleges in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will serve as delegates. The delegates will convene on the Dominican campus June 2-3 to participate in sessions focused on civil discourse, digital citizenry, and social media activism. The delegates will begin to plan and organize events and activities on their campuses using social media to catalyze discussions among young voters about the issues that are salient for American youth.
Award-winning filmmaker Julie Winokur will screen the Bring It to The Table documentary and train College Debate 2016 delegates in her Table Talks, a discussion model designed to promote positive, civil discourse and healthy debate. During the Table Talks, delegates will discuss pressing national issues, learn how to ask open questions and listen well to others, and reflect upon their own attitudes and behaviors. The students will be encouraged to speak their minds openly and authentically while learning how to communicate better, especially with those with opposing views. This project is as much about listening as it is about politics, perspectives and personal beliefs.
Throughout the summer, delegates will continue the conversation via social media with special attention to events, such as the final primaries and the Republican and Democratic Party Conventions in July. Throughout this initiative, the emphasis is on issues rather than partisan politics using the multiplier effect of peer-to-peer contact via social media to engage, inform, and influence the youth vote.
On September 6-7, the delegates will return to the Dominican campus for the 2016 College Convention. The culminating event – a moderated Town Hall – will be live streamed to delegates’ colleges and universities, which will host viewing parties on each of their campuses.
Bring It to The Table is a project of Talking Eyes Media, an award-winning media company whose work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and on Good Morning America, CNN, Discovery, MSNBC, and PBS stations nationwide.
For more information about Bring it to The Table and the Table Talks, please visit Bringit2thetable.org.
April 13, 2016