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In 2017-2018, the John C. West Forum is celebrating 15 years of promoting civic engagement and 10 years at Winthrop University. We thank the late Governor for his vision and commitment to public service. 

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View Winthrop University's 2016 National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) results and find out how Winthrop fares compared to other U.S. Colleges and Universities on Student Voting (pdf- 545 KB). 

For the second year, the West Forum is conducting the Palmetto Focus series; a series of discussion forums where state decision-makers and activists discuss issues important to our state. 2016-17 events included forums about Act 388, the future of the Affordable Care Act in South Carolina, and a discussion about economics and race in South Carolina. The Palmetto Focus series is underwritten by Morton & Gettys and Robinson Bradshaw law firms.

Stay up to date on our most recent events by visiting our Facebook Page.  

 Fall 2017

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Constitution Day- Leadership and Social Change: Electoral Politics & Civic Engagement

 September 19, 2017
11:00 am
Richardson Ballroom- DiGiorgio Campus Center

   Dr. John Holder will speak on electoral politics followed by an interactive civic engagement scenario activity.

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9th Annual Banned Books Reading

September 26, 2017
8:00 PM

   To celebrate Banned Books Week, excerpts from the following "banned books," will be read:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (It's the 20th Anniversary!)
Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak, Jacob Blumenfeld, and Sophie Lewis
Little Bill by Bill Cosby
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

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WREN's Advocacy 101

September 28, 2017
6:00 PM

   WREN, the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network, presents Advocacy 101. The program was developed by policy and communication experts in order to train participants on the legislative process and how to advocate for effective and beneficial policies that elevate the status of women in South Carolina. The training also provides information on WREN’s mission and current active policies that would affect women, girls and their families in South Carolina. This is a non-partisan, non-ideological event focused on educating students about the legislative process.

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Rock Hill City Elections Candidate Forum

October 3, 2017
6:30 PM
Richardson Ballroom

   Sponsored by the West Forum and the Alpha Phi Alpha graduate chapter, a "meet the City Council Candidates" session will precede a mayoral candidate forum. All three candidates for Rock Hill mayor will be in attendance.

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Palmetto Focus: Race and Policing

October 10, 2017
6:30 PM
Dina's Place

   Speakers: Dr Adolphus Belk Jr., Bakari Sellers (attorney and media analyst), Jackie Swindler (Director, SC Criminal Justice Academy). Moderator: Mr. Dan Ballou.


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