Syracuse University Libraries’ new Biblio Gallery Exhibit on the 4th Floor of Bird Library was created by students from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies and is titled “Digital Age in Democracy: Does It Exist?” It is an art exhibition funded by a CUSE Grant. The exhibit, which is on display from now through January, visualizes Syracuse University students’ thoughts on what democracy means to them.
This exhibit is part of a three-part symposium series begun last year on “Social Media and Democracy,” spearheaded by Professor Regina Luttrell, Professor Jon Glass and Professor Lu Xiao. This year’s project called for students to take a nationally distributed survey regarding their thoughts on the role social media plays in American democracy, collecting over 200 student responses. Using the data, students at Newhouse and iSchool visually interpreted the survey results in a variety of ways.
The project addresses how social media is utilized within American politics, encouraging students to have a conversation about the important issues surrounding the influence of digital media. Professor Glass said, “This year, we want to do something different. Instead of hosting panels about the issue, we asked students to discuss the role social media plays in democracy and politics in their own lives and allow them to approach the subject in a fresh and personal way.”
Sophie Estep, Holly Jones, Jessica Zuk, Daniela Curi, and Lillee Bellia, students from Professor Luttrell’s Public Relations Campaign Planning and Execution course, coordinated this year’s project as part of a class for the fall semester.
For more information about the Biblio Gallery, contact S. Ann Skiold, MFA, MLIS, librarian for Decorative & Applied Arts, Design, Art History, Film, Photography, and Spanish & Italian at Syracuse University Libraries or apply to submit an exhibit via Biblio Gallery website.