A Conversation About Young Adult Voter Behavior

In the 2016 general election, an incredible number of young adult voters turned out at the polls; it was, after all, a high-stakes election that was emotionally-charged for many.

However, despite this bump in turnout, young adult (ages 18-35) voter turnout remains critically low (43% in Silicon Valley) in comparison to other/older age groups (59-74%).
Why aren’t young people voting? What does this new generation of voters need in order to want to engage in elections?

Please join us on Monday, September 18th as we focus in on these topics in an interactive conversation about where the problems lay and what we need to do in order to overcome them.

  • Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Place: San Jose State University Library, Room 225

Featured speakers include:

  • Mindy Romero, Director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the Center for Regional Change at U.C. Davis
  • Matt Mahan, CEO and Co-Founder, Brigade
  • Dr. Mary Currin-Percival, SJSU Assistant Professor of Political Science

Presented by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, in partnership with San Jose State University.

The Constitution LIVE

In Honer of Constitution Day, the College of Social Sciences
and the Political Science Department present The Constitution LIVE. SJSU students, faculty, and administrators will be reading the U.S. Constitution aloud continuously throughout the day. Free pocket constitutions will be handed out to the first 300 people. An expert will be on hand to answer all questions about the U.S. Constitution.

When: Monday, September 18, 2017
Where: Smith Carlos Lawn (Outside of Clark Hall)
Contact: james.brent@sjsu.edu

DuCros publishes “Tokens on the Small Screen”

Assistant Professor of Sociology Faustina DuCros is a member of a research team that has published “Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Prime Time and Streaming Television,” which found that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are still underrepresented on prime time television and streaming television. Additional information can be found on twitter [@AAPIsOnTV and #AAPIsOnTV], and on Facebook.

Dean’s Spring 2017 Graduate Student Colloquium

Social Science scholarship explores complex, often interrelated, social processes. It also researches ways in which the quality of life of individuals can be improved and the society can become more just, vibrant, and sustainable. Presentations in this colloquium represent the wide range of inquiries that social scientists pursue: ethical alternatives to risky high-interest payday loans; impact of parking requirements on housing affordability; political participations among women in the Evangelical church; how movies and books bring our attention to the environment and shape our world; and people’s attitudes toward rent control policies.

This event is open to the campus community.