Center for Political Participation Solicits Submissions for 'Cyber Scrapbook: Reflections of Youth on the 2008 Election'

Mar 03, 2009, 14:43 ET from Allegheny College

MEADVILLE, Pa., March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Political Participation (CPP) at Allegheny College today launched a project to capture the sentiments, thoughts and feelings that young Americans experienced as they watched and shaped the 2008 election.

"That young people played an important role in the election is indisputable," said Daniel M. Shea, professor of political science and director of the CPP. "Communication tools are shifting from pen and paper to keyboards and cell phones, so looking back at the history-making election of 2008 to uncover the thoughts that drove young people to participate in the political process requires a fresh approach, and it needs to happen quickly."

The CPP, in conjunction with the Harvard Institute of Politics, is soliciting communications such as outgoing e-mail messages and Facebook postings to be assembled into a scrapbook of the 2008 election season. When finished, "A Cyber Scrapbook: Reflections of Youth on the 2008 Election" will be distributed primarily to colleges and universities for use in studying popular culture and political science.

"For many students, the 2008 election was their first foray into the political trenches, and it was incredible to witness," said Shea. "We're thrilled at the prospect of capturing and preserving these expressions of their enthusiasm for the political process, and it's a project that we hope to repeat every four years."

"A Cyber Scrapbook" will include messages that were sent during the election period and the inauguration - not messages written specifically for this project. Students may also upload high-resolution photographs of their campaign activities, along with Election Day and Inauguration Day snapshots.

Students can submit items for "A Cyber Scrapbook: Reflections of Youth on the 2008 Election" at Three randomly selected entrants will receive an iPod Touch.

For more information about the project, contact Mary Solberg, program coordinator in the CPP, at (814) 332-6202.

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SOURCE Allegheny College