During the 1960s, students at college campuses across the United States began to host “teach-ins,” or student-run forums designed to educate individuals on pressing political issues. From the Vietnam War to the feminist movement, teach-ins served as a platform for students to inspire change.
More than half a century later, UNCG history students will host their own teach-in on Monday, Oct. 24, to educate the campus community about the history of voter rights and to discuss current voting issues, including voter suppression.
The “MOTIVOTE” teach-in, which will take place in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House at 4 p.m., is a nonpartisan event that serves as a project for Dr. Lisa Levenstein’s course Voting Rights in U.S. History.
“Students are demonstrating an unprecedented level of engagement with this course,” Levenstein said. “They were surprised to learn that the right to vote has not only expanded but also contracted over the course of U.S. history. This knowledge has motivated them to become more engaged with the political process.”
Students began working on the project in August and have led the entire planning process, from developing an outline of topics to promoting the event on campus.
The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Additionally, students are encouraging individuals to share on Twitter what motivates them to vote by tweeting to @uncg_teachin using the hashtags #uncgPromoteTheVote and #uncgMotivote.
The teach-in is sponsored by the Department of History and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. To learn more about the Department of History, visit his.uncg.edu. For more information about Women’s and Gender Studies, visit wgs.uncg.edu.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications