Readers in the Los Angeles area can attend a panel discussion on “Civic Engagement in the Digital Age,” hosted by Town Hall Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 27, 2016:
According to the Pew Research Center, in the 2012 elections, 65% of Americans were contacted at least occasionally by groups or individuals asking them to take some sort of civic or political action. In the 2014 midterm elections, the proportion of Americans who user their cell phones to track political news doubled (28%, up from 13% in 2010). As the 2016 election approaches, candidates across the board are increasingly interacting with the public in ways unheard of even a few cycles ago. Internet memes, online fundraising, Snapchat – is this the new normal for American politics? How does this impact campaign engagement, voter apathy and open democracy?
The panel, moderated by Dan Schnur, Director of teh Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC features expert panelists including one of our own Pepperdine School of Public Policy Alumni, David Mansdoerfer. David is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for California State Senator John Moorlach. Other panelists include: The Hon. Michele Martinez, Sandra Oshiro, The Hon. Jhonny Pineda and Juan Vasquez. You can find out more about these panelists and register for the event here.