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Abysmal midterm voting rates among students spark community mobilization

Fewer than one in five eligible Stanford students voted in the 2014 midterm elections. Less than 50 percent of eligible students cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Overall, Stanford trails its peer research institutions by about two percent in terms of voting rate. Why is the level of civic engagement among Stanford students so low? Amid the release of these abysmal statistics, a coalition of students, faculty and staff are responding with the StanfordVotes initiative, a collective effort to improve student voter registration and engagement on campus.

Classy Classes: Students go ham for ‘Hamilton’ in AFRICAAM 5I

In a 1-unit lecture series, CSRE 5I: “Hamilton: An American Musical,” students examine the life of Alexander Hamilton and his contemporaries through an in-depth analysis of the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical that lends its namesake to the course title. The interdisciplinary course invites faculty from several departments – African & African American studies (AAAS), comparative studies in race and ethnicity, theater and performance studies (TAPS) and history, to name a few – to share their perspectives on the music, casting and storytelling of the musical.

Virginia delegate Danica Roem turns conversation from identity to local issues in packed event

On Wednesday night, Danica Roem, delegate to the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, discussed election strategies for unseating incumbents, her background in journalism and getting the press to move beyond simplistic labels during a Q&A moderated by Allyson Hobbs, associate professor of history and director of African and African American Studies.