Democratic Club-Engaged Citizenship

United Nations International Day of Democracy

Engaged Citizenship in a Dystopian World

Did you know that September 15 is International Day of Democracy (IDD)? As a result, the Democratic Club has invited an expert in international studies-Dr. Laura Brunell from Gonzaga University. Dr Brunell is a Professor of Political Science, International Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Especially relevant, she is the Chair of the Department of International Studies. Her unique background and expertise will become relevant to you as she presents Strategies for Engaged Citizenship in a Dystopian World. So, what can you do to foster greater civic engagement? Come to the Iron Horse this Friday and find out.

International Day of Democracy

Shining a light on the state of democracy in the world is the purpose of the International Day of Democracy. Democracy is as much a process as a goal. Only by achieving full and world-wide participation, at all levels of global society, can the ideal of democracy become a universal reality. The theme for 2017 is democracy and conflict prevention. Its focus is to raise awareness of the critical need for democratic institutions throughout the world to promote peace and stability. So that we create resilient societies offering effective and inclusive democratic governance with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization consisting of 193 Member States. Its mission and work are outlined in its founding Charter. The United States is a leading member of this organization.

While we view our daily news feeds, we are awash with evidence of significant attacks on democracy world-wide. These threats present profound consequences that require global solutions. The UN serves as our best hope for dealing with these perils while fostering the goal of world peace and cooperation.

Dr. Laura Brunell, Gonzaga University