Shamele Battan had a lot of questions about the country’s future.
With a national election about a month away and almost daily news of social uproar around the country, the 23-year-old of Fijian descent said social and economic issues were close to his heart.
But, he said, they were close to a lot of young hearts.
“Being a millennial, a lot of these issues today really hit home, whether it’s social inequality or economic inequality,” he said. “I mean, with a lot of the injustices in the U.S., I would guess a lot of college-aged students would be interested.”
Battan, a recent Seattle Pacific University graduate, was one of the many young people who packed Foster Auditorium at Clark College for its panel “Is the American Dream at Risk?” Thursday night.
The talk lasted just over an hour with four Clark College faculty members talking about the past and present of race, sex and class in the United States.
Economics instructor Patricia Atkinson and professors Michael Ceriello, Kushlani de Soyza and Dr. Don Ludwig spoke to each other to start, then fielded questions from students toward the panel’s end.