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Giuliana DeAngelis Giuliana DeAngelis is a member of the class of 2014 in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and is pursuing a Certificate in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. Giuliana is currently studying...
Where do young people come down on questions of faith, values, and public life? How do they relate their values to public policy issues including education, economic inequality, and the environment? These questions, critically important for the 2012 election, are at the center of a campus conversation being organized by the Berkley Center and Georgetown University. This blog features an ongoing conversation about these issues between students selected as Millennial Values Fellows through a national competition. You can read and comment on their blogs here.

To learn more about the project, visit the Campus Conversation on Values page.

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Millennials on Social Media and Politics

November 15, 2012

Millennials on Social Issues and Diversity

November 12, 2012

Hira Baig (Rice) on Why the Presidential Election Matters to Millennials

November 7, 2012

Millennials on Religion and Interfaith Work

November 7, 2012

Ryan Price (Drake) on E Pluribus Duo

November 6, 2012

Mohammad Usman (DePauw) on Unpredictable Millennials

November 5, 2012

Millennials on Affirmative Action Policy

November 3, 2012

Seth Warner (Vassar) on What Happens as the "God Gap" Widens

November 2, 2012

Josina De Raadt (Dordt) on How Social Media Is Like Wii Bowling

October 31, 2012

Zachary Yentzer (Arizona State) on the Next Greatest Generation

October 29, 2012

Brice Ezell (George Fox) on Post-Racial America? Race, Millennials, and the 2012 Election

October 25, 2012

Tyler Bishop (Vanderbilt) on a Future of Hashtags #whatitmeansforus

October 23, 2012

Brice Ezell (George Fox) on How the People Can Heal a “Divided,” Partisan Nation

October 4, 2012

Hira Baig (Rice) on Religion and American Democracy

October 4, 2012

Tyler Bishop (Vanderbilt) on How It’s All About Relatability: Voter Turnout

October 3, 2012

Josina De Raadt (Dordt) on Mistaking Politics for a Hollywood Blockbuster

October 2, 2012

Mohammad Usman (DePauw) on the Internet Solution

October 1, 2012


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Remembering the Riders

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January 26, 2012

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last week I was given the opportunity to share in the spirit of the Freedom Riders as I sang with the "Let Freedom Ring!" choir that performs annually at the Kennedy Center to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Our opening song, "Buses Are A-Comin’," transported the audience, along with myself, back to the 1961 jail cells of Jackson, Mississippi, where the song was created by members of the Freedom Riders. Risking their lives, this courageous group of citizens became soldiers fighting a nonviolent war – diverse in race, gender, and socioeconomic status, but united in their unwavering demand for equal rights. In their quest for social justice they were met with bats and lead pipes, beatings and racial slurs. Jailed, but not broken, their spirit intact, they remained strong as they sang, "you can lock us up, but you can't stop the movement.” And that night, at the Kennedy Center, we sang not only to rejoice at the progress that has been made, but also to remember that the movement is still very much alive.

That evening, as Clarence B. Jones accepted the Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award for his work with Martin Luther King Jr., he reminded us that progress requires focused and continued effort on our part and a willingness to travel a not so smooth road. In echoing Dr. King’s words, he encouraged us to be the voice for those that are voiceless and to acknowledge that it is our moral responsibility to teach acceptance, celebrate freedom, and engage in discussions that promote movement toward greater social justice. So as we reflect on the direction of our country’s discourse, let us remember the visions of freedom, equality, and liberty that founded our great nation.