Thursday 19 April 2018 05:30 pm

Civil society actors, policymakers, and religious leaders agree that youth populations are particularly vulnerable to the interrelated problems of economic stagnation, social-polarization, political marginalization, and violence. These issues are also shared by societies and cultures across North America, Europe, and the MENA region. Attitudes of marginalization, isolationism, and antagonism now mark the political cultures of even the most advanced democracies and progressive political systems. Young adults and youth populations are the most adversely affected by the current environment, however, their voices are often muted in routine policy discussions. Meanwhile, the digital world is expanding and innovating at a rapid pace, and young people are at the forefront of digital use and rapid digital change.

Across the Atlantic, how are civil society actors mobilizing youth in a digital, polarized world? Towards what ends are youth being engaged and mobilized? Where are digital trends heading? This panel event with speakers from the US, UK, and the Netherlands will explore how to create dialogue, engage youth and build movements online. Join us for a reception afterward to network with experts in this field.

Moderator: Dr. Philip Seib, Professor of International Relations and Journalism and Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California


  • Dr. Maytha Alhassen, Provost Ph.D. Fellow, Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
  • Areeq Chowdhury, Chief Executive, WebRoots Democracy
  • Wassila Hachchi, Founder and CEO, DIALOGUEE

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service, and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.