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Spotlight: The 49er Democracy Experience

Date Published:
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The presidential campaign season is in full swing and the national nominating conventions are upon us. In addition to the convention itself, the most dynamic, powerful civic initiative in Charlotte is the 49er Democracy Experience. Join now for great events and volunteer opportunities.

The nonpartisan experience features forums, seminars, and for-credit courses, internships, scholarships, and other volunteer opportunities. Students, faculty, and the whole Charlotte community are welcome and encouraged to participate in the political process through 49er Democracy Experience events. The 49er Democracy Experience also offers many types of educational programming, led by UNC Charlotte faculty and others from area colleges and universities, including Davidson College, Johnson C. Smith University, and Queens University of Charlotte.

The academic portion of the experience includes a "Political Convention Curriculum" with more than 100 offered courses.

"UNC Charlotte is using the occasion of the presidential nominating convention in Charlotte to launch a program of innovative civic education," said Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "The experience will enhance student knowledge of the democratic process, promote the University’s intellectual capital and leave a lasting legacy among students, faculty and the greater Charlotte community."

The 49er Democracy Experience brings together expert faculty, civic-minded students and community partners to develop educational programming to enhance the public understanding of and participation in our nation's democratic process. The special webcasts below highlight the University's engagement in the historic event.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three