Join David Domke, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication at the University of Washington and Director of Voter Fieldwork and Education for Common Purpose, an organization focused on voter mobilization and community building, for a discussion and conversation. The United States is in a time of tectonic social change, comparable in transformation and turmoil to some of the most defining eras in the nation’s history. At the heart of this moment are shifting racial, technological, and political patterns in America’s electorate. The impact and implications are omnipresent, from the rise of the Tea Party and Donald Trump on the political right to #blacklivesmatter and The Resistance on the political left. The civic choices that we make today and in months to come will define – and likely determine — this nation’s future. For all of us, we can not stand on the sidelines; it is essential that we engage.
This program will be Livestreamed tonight and archived on our website.
David worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s before earning a Phd. in 1996. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and for the past decade he has served as Department Chair. His research has focused on communication, politics, and public opinion in the United States, and in recent years Domke has worked closely with several organizations on communication and engagement in the public arena. He is committed to inter-racial and inter-generational community building, and was one of a group of community members who created civil rights pilgrimages to the US South in 2014; that work is now led and organized by non-profit Project Pilgrimage. In 2002 he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008 he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class. In 2018 he worked with an incredible team to launch Common Purpose, and he now serves as its Education Director.