The annual Social Issues Fair will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, November 9 in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University. The event is free and open to the public.

logo for the American Democracy project at Illinois State UniversityCo-sponsored by Illinois State University’s American Democracy Project and School of Communication, the goal of the fair is to encourage and engage dialogue on current political and social issues.

Students from two classes—Communication as Critical Inquiry (COM 110) and Communication and Critical Thinking (COM 210)—will take part. Each student will be required to prepare a short briefing on his or her social issue. Prior to engaging attendees, each student will research his or her topic, providing an opportunity to hone valuable research and critical thinking skills.

Both Illinois State’s American Democracy Project and School of Communication are dedicated to educating students for responsible civic and political engagement. Illinois State was selected along with 7 other campuses nationwide as a model political engagement institution by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) in 2006.

For more information about the Social Issues Fair, please contact Chad Woolard at For more information about Illinois State’s American Democracy Project, contact Noha Shawki at, or visit Illinois State’s ADP website.