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Campus Conversation on Values

What do young Americans think about American democracy, its problems and its promise? How do they relate their values to the 2012 campaign?

On October 4-6, 2012, Georgetown University convened students from around the country for a series of conversations about values and the future of American democracy. This second Millennial Values Symposium—the first was held in April 2012—featured discussions with elected officials and media leaders, as well as the release of a national survey of young Americans on religion, values, and the 2012 election.

>> Millennial Values Survey Release Event
>> Millennial Values and Voter Engagement Survey
>> Press Release
>> Discussion with Millennial Mayors Event
>> Millennial Values Campus Events

“I don’t think we can trust ourselves to be a constant force of good.”

Blog Posts


Millennials on Social Media and Politics

November 15, 2012
The Millennial generation is more connected and engaged with social media than any previous generation. In this video, Josina De Raadt, senior at Dordt College; Tyler Bishop, sophomore at Vanderbilt University; and Rachel Stanley, junior at Elon University, discuss the impact of media such as...


Millennials on Social Issues and Diversity

November 12, 2012
The Millennial generation breaks with their parents and grandparents on a number of social issues. The October 2012 Millennial Values Survey shows majorities of 18-25 year-olds support gay marriage, the DREAM Act that would grant citizenship opportunities for illegal immigrants brought to the...


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

November 7, 2012
What do young people have to say about faith, values, and public life? And how will their opinions impact the 2012 election? These questions were the focal point of our conversations at the Millennial Values Symposium, and while the conversations surrounding them were fascinating, these questions...


Millennials on Religion and Interfaith Work

November 7, 2012
The October 2012 Millennial Values Survey reveals the generation is divided on religion. Millennials are nearly evenly split on whether it is important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs. While they are less likely to be religiously affiliated than previous generations,...


Ryan Price (Drake) on E Pluribus Duo

November 6, 2012
I’m not the partisan type.

As much as I love politics and personally admire one candidate running for the presidency, I have never been the type to buy into the idea that we need to vote straight down the line in favor of one party. More and more though, I feel forced into partisanship by a...


Mohammad Usman (DePauw) on Unpredictable Millennials

November 5, 2012
The presidential race has narrowed considerably since the Millennial Values Symposium. According to the media and pollster intelligentsia, President Obama’s lackluster performance in the first debate allowed Governor Romney to thrust forward in numerous critical swing states, making the contest...


Millennials on Affirmative Action Policy

November 3, 2012
The October 2012 Millennial Values Survey shows that a plurality of younger Millennials oppose special efforts to help minorities get ahead because of past discrimination, and 63 percent believe that their gender or race will make no difference in their career. In this video, Ashton Adams, junior...


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

November 2, 2012
Religion has always influenced politics. Although it works differently between people, as long as religion serves as inspiration in the lives of believers, its tenets will be expressed in their candidates and in their votes.


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

October 31, 2012
I rock at Wii bowling. With a skillful flick of the wrist, I can send that digital bowling ball on its way to a perfect game. However, in real life even my four-year-old cousin can beat me by a hundred points––without bumpers.


Zachary Yentzer (Arizona State) on the Next Greatest Generation

October 29, 2012
“You should form the Committee for the Next Greatest Generation.”


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

October 25, 2012
Race. Is the most incendiary topic in our history. And the moment it comes out, you cannot close the lid on that box. That may change. But not for a long long while.
-David Mamet, Race

As I type these words, the fate of affirmative action in institutions of higher learning in the United States...


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

October 23, 2012
It’s unprecedented. One misstep on the campaign trail, one blunder in a debate, and the world knows about it within seconds – even people who are not political junkies. The speed with which social media has made all things politics readily accessible is outrageous. What’s more, people can keep an...

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