Speaker discusses negative perception of political activism of young people
- February 23, 2011
- Russell Dalton, political science professor, is featured in the Independent Florida Alligator February 21, 2011
From the Independent Florida Alligator:
What's the matter with kids today? Russell Dalton, an expert on citizenship and the political process, was referring to the older generation's negative outlook on young people - especially in the realm of political activism. But according to Dalton, the good news is that the bad news is wrong. Dalton, the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine, spoke to a group of about 30 people at Pugh Hall on Monday at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.... "My reality is seeing the younger generation as not as pessimistic," Dalton said. "I'm wondering why old people dislike young people so much." He said the common misconception is that youth is the cause of the decline in political participation. "When voting goes down, we don't see what's coming up on the other side," he said.
For the full story, please visit http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_479793f2-3e3e-11e0-8603-001....