The University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service has built a wall intended to bring people together rather than keep them apart. The Great Civil Debate Wall was unveiled this week at the Graham Center’s home in Pugh Hall.
The wall is a series of five touchscreen panels, resembling several super-sized iPads, that allow students to offer opinions on political questions and debate one another in a way that is meant to be constructive.
Ann Henderson, director of the Graham Center, said the project aims to engage students with technology to practice civil debate. Citing dismal voting rates among young people in the last election, Henderson said giving such practice to students will make them more likely to cast ballots or otherwise become involved in civic life. Read more.