Elon University’s Institute for Politics & Public Affairs has joined 19 other colleges and universities from around the United States to form the National Campaign for Political & Civic Engagement. We are a non-partisan group dedicated to encouraging political awareness and civic engagement among students. Civic engagement, voter registration and political dialogue are the three key mission areas of the Elon University chapter.
Each semester, student members of the National Campaign plan and sponsor voter registration drives and student political debates. We assist students with voter registration procedures and absentee ballot requests. Regardless of students’ political affiliation or ideology, the National Campaign aims to increase overall political awareness and participation at Elon and across the country.
The National Campaign is also devoted to promoting civic education among high school students in our local community. We actively conduct programs within the local high schools in Alamance County to increase student political and civic engagement. Although many of these students are not yet old enough to vote, we believe there are many other ways to be engaged, and that it is important to foster civic awareness and engagement at a young age.
Assistant Professor Matthew Weidenfeld is a political theorist who joined the Elon faculty in the fall of 2012. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of contemporary political theory, with an emphasis on phenomenology, and ancient Greek political thought. His most recent research projects center on an examination of the faculty of political judgment and its (mis)treatment in the history of political thought. He currently teaches a broad range of political theory courses in the Department of Political Science and Policy Studies and he is in the process of developing a new course on civic democracy.