The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor-turned activist David Hogg will speak about youth activism and gun violence tonight beginning at 8 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Student Union Theater.
Hogg’s visit is part of this spring’s “Youth for Change” Metanoia, which is focused on opening a dialogue about contemporary issues and trends, according to the UConn Daily Digest.
Students, faculty and staff with a valid UConn ID are eligible to receive for two tickets for the event. Hogg will also be conducting a smaller Q&A with selected students after the lecture, according to the Daily Digest.
Previously, Hogg was scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. at Jorgensen Theater. The decision to downsize the venue to the Student Union Theater came from a desire to make Hogg’s lecture more personal, according to Undergraduate Student Government Public Relations Director Omar Taweh.
“The level of intimacy that students can have with the speaker is very low in Jorgensen,” Taweh said. “Having a speaker come to the SU Theater makes it so that students can have a more intimate experience learning from Hogg.”
Taweh said because Hogg is of a similar demographic to most college students, utilizing the SU Theater will allow for his talk to become a personal dialogue.
“He is the age of most college students, if not younger,” Taweh said. “Being on the same level as the speaker will surely make the lecture more of a conversation.”
Taweh said he thinks it is incredibly important that students attend the lecture because, politics aside, Hogg is a role model for youth involvement in government and social issues.
“I really think that it is imperative that students attend the event because Hogg is not focusing on ‘politics’ in his speech,” Taweh said. “He is focusing on youth activism and the younger generation being active in politics.”
Taylor Harton is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.