SBS Democracy Series

This year's fall series presented by the UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences focuses on the voices and choices of the upcoming November election. The events include a panel discussion, a film, and a cartoon debate.

Campaign Voices
Panel Discussion with Ken Rudin, Ellen Malcolm, John Garcia, and Margaret Kenski
Monday, October 15, 2012, 7:00-8:30 pm (doors open at 6)
Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd (map)

Join this star-studded panel of politics-watchers as they discuss the voices influencing the campaigns and election outcomes, from Tea Partiers, to women and Hispanics, to billionaire donors. The panel will consist of Ken Rudin, National Public Radio’s Political Junkie; Ellen Malcolm, the founder of EMILY’s List; UA Professor Emeritus John Garcia, the director of the Resource Center for Minority Data; and local political guru Margaret Kenski.

This is a free, ticketed event.

Click to learn more about: Ken Rudin, Ellen Malcolm, John Garcia, Margaret Kenski
Watch the video.

Please Vote for Me
Movie Screening and Discussion at The Loft Cinema
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd (map)

Join us for a hilarious and insightful glimpse into the cutthroat world of elementary school elections. “Please Vote for Me” is a 2007 documentary following the first-ever elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. Abetted by parents and teachers, the young candidates reveal the nature of campaigns.

After the movie, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the UA National Institute for Civil Discourse, will lead a discussion for all ages. Movie has English subtitles. Join this event on Facebook.

To learn more about this film, visit their website:

Win, Lose or Draw: Cartoon Humor in Campaigns
Tucson Jewish Community Center Ballroom, 3800 E. River Road (map)
Thursday, October 25, 2012; 7-8:30 p.m.

Join us as David Fitzsimmons, a liberal cartoonist with the Arizona Daily Star, and Steve Kelley, a nationally syndicated conservative cartoonist, battle it out using only their well-sharpened pencils and wit. UA Communication Professor and political research guru Kate Kenski will moderate the “debate,” where only humor wins.. Join this event on Facebook.

Click to learn more about: David Fitzsimmons, Steve Kelley

Watch the video here.

Campaign related stuff:
Communication Professor Kate Kenski's class "The Stuggle for the Presidency" includes 10 election related movies at The Loft. The public is invited. For details, click here.

The Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture is hosting two lectures (one given by Communication Professor Kevin Coe) related to religion and politics. For more information, click here

SBS Voices & Choices events would not be possible without our sponsors: