The Voices Audio Essay Contest connects the personal stories of University of Delaware students with a broader audience through Delaware Public Media and the University’s radio station WVUD. Through their essays, students help bridge divides by asking listeners to connect with their emotional struggles on topics such as racism, disabilities, and harassment. Listen to the winning essays from the 2017–18 contest here.
The emotions of the electorate come into focus with the CPC's national public opinion polls. We learn voters are angry and distrustful of those who do not share their political views. Our polls and affiliated faculty research projects, sponsored by the CPC, are recognized nationally in academic journals and media publications. The scope of these efforts reflects the CPC’s mission as a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary center fostering public engagement and academic research.
ten years ago when social media and its use by decision makers had just begun,
the CPC was created to examine the impact of new technologies on political
discourse. Today, tracking Twitter feeds and social media accounts are as
common as checking news headlines. The CPC was and remains at the forefront of
understanding the intersection of political communication methods and
influence, and as CPC director I am proud of how our efforts are informing
and engaging University of Delaware students and our broader community.