Blog | May 16, 2011

Media Advisory: Expert on democratic engagement speaks on "More than Voting"

EDMONTON—The recent federal election has people thinking about our democratic system and their role in shaping the decisions that affect their country and their lives. Tonight's event, "More than Voting" will explore democratic engagement and the role of citizens beyond voting. The topic is important as Albertans head into a series of party leadership races, all on the heels of a federal election where 40 percent of Canadians did not vote and 60 percent of voters did not support the Conservatives yet are now governed by a Harper majority.Who:Dr. Joel Westheimer has worked extensively in the area of democratic engagement, social justice, service learning, and community in education. He is University Research Chair in the Sociology of Education and Professor of Education at the University of Ottawa, as well as co-founder and executive director of Democratic Dialogue. He has received numerous awards and has many publications, including the "year's most important education book," according to Teacher Magazine.Discussion Panel with Sarah Hoffman, Trustee, Edmonton Public Schools; Julia Dalman, Organizer, Public Interest Alberta, & Alumnus of Next Up Leadership Program; and Scott Harris, Prairie Regional Organizer, Council of CanadiansModerated by Larry Booi, Chair, Public Interest Alberta & PIA's Democracy Task ForceWhen:Monday, May 16, 2011, 7:30PM - 9:15PMWhere:Barnett House Auditorium (ATA), 11010 142 Street, EdmontonWe appreciate the Alberta Teachers' Association support in making Dr. Westheimer's presentation possible-30-Media contact: Bill Moore-Kilgannon (780) 993-3736