Hannah Dobie

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Politics/International Affairs and Religious Studies

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “They don’t want you to vote. If they did, we wouldn’t vote on a Tuesday. In November. You ever throw a party on a Tuesday? No. Because nobody would come.” – Chris Rock

“When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: At the public square, next to the RNC arena, there are a million different things happening: protests (against Trump, against Hillary, bible lovers, anarchists), countless independent journalists and photographers, and people who are simply watching with big eyes. The stimulation in the public square is over whelming and exhausting. I soaked up images of democracy and freedom of speech, images of people fighting against hate, images of Trump supporters yelling “All Lives Matter,” to Black Lives Matter groups. I stood in the center, curious, listening to conversations and watching people. I remembered what my parents said before I left for Cleveland: “do not engage.” I am an outspoken, emotional person and my parents knew exactly what was coming down the pipe in Cleveland. A man tapped me on the should and told me “women should not be able to vote!” My parents’ remarks went out the window and I engaged.

Blog Posts

Presidential Elections Break Up Friendships

Picture this: three seniors who have been best friends since freshman year, sitting in the TV room, drinking wine. We start talking about the 49ers quarter back, Colin Kaepernick, who did not stand up during the national anthem in order to bring attention to...

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Truth to Power Art Exhibit

My favorite part about the Democratic National Convention was the Truth to Power Art Exhibit sponsored by Rock the Vote. Personally, I have never studied art in depth, nor am I creative. I go to art museums and only sometimes do I understand the power of visual art. I...

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Third Party?

The discussion of third parties came up many times during the DNC. This is for several reasons. First, there were many more protests at the DNC than at the RNC. These protests came from Bernie or Bust people, Green Party members, and overall “anti-Hillary, the...

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Reporting from the RNC

The secret is out: my dream job is to be a producer, or a reporter. It’s one of the reasons that I was interested in Wake The Vote. Not only could we see mainstream reporters in Iowa and New Hampshire, but we could also come back to Wake Forest and...

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Yesterday, at the RNC, I was walking around with my friend in the public square, which is a few blocks away from the RNC arena. In the public square, there are a million different activities going on: protests (against Trump, against Hillary, bible lovers, Black Lives...

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The Award for the Best Location to People Watch is…

OUTSIDE THE RNC QUICKEN LOANS ARENA!!!!!!!!!!!! At the public square, and the alleys surrounding the arena. During the week, I have spent a lot of time outside the arena in the surrounding blocks and the public square. But, what really goes on outside the RNC? It...

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Live from Nashville, it’s Tennessee State Politics

Tennessee state politics should have made it onto CNN a long time ago. The white boy frat party that continues at the capitol is horrifying. Since it has not made it into the national spotlight yet, I thought I’d give you a taste of some of the absurdity. Live...

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