As President Obama prepares to deliver the 2015 State of the Union address next Tuesday, AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) will be continuing their tradition of engaging students in a non-partisan discussion regarding the state of our democracy. This year, in addition to a Tweet-up discussion, ADP will be live-streaming a student and Millennial-focused viewing event accessible from anywhere in the country.
ADP has teamed up with iCitizen and GVHLive as well as friends at The Democracy Commitment and NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to produce an interactive forum for Millennials hosted at George Mason University that will include full coverage of both the State of the Union and the Republican response. Illinois State University’s Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) will provide analysis of the Twitter stream as well as of public conversations from social media outlets, popular discussion forums, and major blogs.
Live-Stream: Available for free on GVHLive.com, this coverage will include (in addition to the speech itself) podcasts, panel discussions by field experts and college students from ADP/TDC and NASPA campuses, live interviews by GVH correspondents, and real-time polling of thousands of participants provided by iCitizen through its interactive mobile app.
Tweet-up: Throughout the event we will be participating in a social media conversation using the hashtag#iSOTU. To enhance engagement, please tweet at ADP using this hashtag.
What: ADP State of the Union Watch Event and Tweet-up
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Eastern
- Watch/Stream: Host a watch event on campus and livestream the feed here. Please let me know if you’ll be hosting a watch event.
- Tweet: On Twitter use the hashtag #iSOTU and follow: @ADPaascu, @TDCNational,@ISUSOC_SMACC, @iCitizen, @GVHLive and @NASPAtweets.
Note: It only takes a few minutes for most students to learn to use Twitter, and they can create an account at https://twitter.com. You’ll find suggestions for hosting a watch event on campus as well as for engaging participants in the Twitter conversation in this blog post.