The Future of Democracy EP. 21: Young adults: politics, protests and policing – Knight Foundation

The Future of Democracy EP. 21: Young adults: politics, protests and policing

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In our current national moment of reckoning, important social issues are surfacing for America’s young people. What are their thoughts on the issues of this moment? What’s driving them to the polls this fall? On Episode 21 of “The Future of Democracy,” we’ll discuss America’s young adults — the ones who will carry our democracy forward — with Cathy J. Cohen, political science professor at The University of Chicago. She’ll share her insights and research on young adults and their ideas on democracy, protest, policing and the 2020 election.

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago. She formerly served as chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education at The University of Chicago.

Cohen is the author of two books, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press) and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press). She is also co-editor of the anthology Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU Press) with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto. Her articles have been published in numerous journals and edited volumes. Cohen is also co-editor with Frederick Harris of a book series at Oxford University Press.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science and being named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2020. She is also the founder and director of the GenForward Survey Project and the Black Youth Project.

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The Future of Democracy, formerly called VISION, is a weekly Knight Foundation show about the trends, ideas and disruptions changing the face of our democracy. Hosted by Sam Gill, Knight’s chief program officer, the 30-minute program takes a hard look at the important issues our country is facing today.
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