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Election 2020 (series)
Voting During COVID-19: Nonpartisan Strategies on Campus Friday, September 11 Edie Goldenberg UM Professor, Moderator, with four students Many efforts are underway to increase college student voting. This panel of college students will discuss what is happening at U-M, statewide, and nationally to get students registered to vote and committed to voting. The panel will also discuss what motivated them to get involved with these efforts, what they have learned along the way, and how the pandemic has impacted their work. The panel will be moderated by Edie Goldenberg, PhD, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University of Michigan. Edie N. Goldenberg is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is currently the faculty advisor of Turn Up Turnout (TUT), a student organization on campus that works in a nonpartisan way to increase student voting at UM. TUT also works with other universities in the Big Ten Conference, with colleges around the state of Michigan, with more than 50 other universities across the country, and with a number of national organizations. Previously, Dr. Goldenberg served as founder and faculty director of the Michigan in Washington Program (2004-16), Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (1989-98), and Director of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy (1987-89). ------------------------------------------------------- Citizen Activism: Driver of A Healthy Democracy Monday, September 21 Roddy Wares, League of Women Voters Lisa Wozniak, League of Conservation Voters Branden Snyder, Detroit Action Karen Bantel, Moderator Citizen participation is the crucial process through which private individuals and groups work to influence public decisions as part of the democratic process. Organizations ranging from national issue-oriented groups to local broad-based grass roots groups work to enhance citizen participation. This “bottom up” activity may include advocacy, lobbying, protests, strikes, petition drives, ballot proposals, lawsuits and political campaigning. Citizen activism driven by real community needs and desires can be a powerful transformative force. Our panelists will help us understand how the organizations that they represent aid individuals in understanding ideas about citizenship, politics, government and the issues important to their communities and specific organizations. Roddy Wares has been an active member of the League of Women Voters in the Ann Arbor area since 2016. She leads the committee that registered students in almost all of the Washtenaw County high schools as well as WCC for the past three years and also leads the LWVAAA effort to register seniors. Currently she is working with Voting Access for All Coalition. She has been registering voters in Washtenaw County for at least 30 years! Lisa Wozniak’s career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena. She is a nationally recognized expert in non-profit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections. Lisa is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor’s Degree and two ensuing Masters Degrees in Social Work and Education. Before becoming Executive Director in 2006, Wozniak was a member of the Michigan LCV Board and today serves on the boards of the Friends of Rutherford Pool, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the National League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. Born and raised on Detroit’s East Side, Branden Snyder, executive director of Detroit Action, has been involved in electoral and community organizing projects throughout the U.S. for 10 years. Previously, he was the Deputy Organizing Director in charge of Youth Voting for the Hillary for Michigan 2016 presidential campaign and Director of Organizing for Michigan United, a coalition of faith, labor & civic organizations in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. He is a graduate of UM – Ann Arbor with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the UM Ford School of Public Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Afro-American studies with a minor in Urban Community Studies. Karen Bantel, Ph.D., was formerly a professor of business strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, and consulted in those areas for many years. She has facilitated and moderated a number of OLLI offerings, including: Russia, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, A World in Disarray, Can Democracy Survive?, Vaccines Explained, and TED talks. ------------------------------------------------------- Safe, Secure and Accessible Elections for All Wednesday, October 7 10:00-11:00 am FREE Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association of University of Michigan Zoom Link to join this programming: https://umich.zoom.us/j/94331884660 Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Webinar ID: 9433 1884 660 Secretary Benson will discuss the many options voters have to cast their ballots safely this year, and the work to support clerks and voters to ensure all ballots are counted and kept secure. Jocelyn Benson is Michigan’s 43rd Secretary of State. In this role she is focused on ensuring elections are secure and accessible, and dramatically improving customer experiences for all who interact with our offices. Benson is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws. She is also the Chair of Michigan’s Task Force on Women in Sports, created by Governor Whitmer in 2019 to advance opportunities for women in Michigan as athletes and sports leaders. A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. When she was appointed dean at age 36, she became the youngest woman in U.S. history to lead a top-100, accredited law school. She continues to serve as vice chair of the advisory board for the Levin Center at Wayne Law, which she founded with former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Previously, Benson was an associate professor and associate director of Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Prior to her election, she served as CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit organization using the unifying power of sports to improve race relations. ------------------------------------------------------- Michigan and Other Battleground States Monday, October 12 Stephen Henderson, Moderator Riley Beggin, Bridge Magazine Tim Alberta, Politico Michigan is one of a group of swing states that have had close, competitive races in recent presidential campaigns and down ballot contests. A panel of journalists explores how Michigan and other current battleground states are faring and impacting the 2020 campaigns and election. They will examine what causes battleground states to swing and what effect they have on political parties or candidates’ choices of issues to emphasize. Stephen Henderson is host of Detroit Today on WDET, co-host of One Detroit on Detroit Public Television, project executive for BridgeDetroit and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. A native of Detroit, Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit High School and the University of Michigan. His resume includes stints at the Detroit Free Press, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and four years covering the Supreme Court for Knight Ridder’s Washington Bureau. Henderson’s reputation and ability to have fact-based, fair and compelling conversations makes him a leading figure in the Detroit and Michigan community. Riley Beggin is a Capitol reporter covering Michigan politics, including legislative, gubernatorial and other statewide elections. She joined Bridge in January 2018 after working at KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau and an intern with NPR’s investigative unit. Beggin majored in history and international relations at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She also holds a Master’s Degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri. Tim Alberta is chief political correspondent for POLITICO, where his longer form work is often published in the publication’s magazine. He covers a range of topics, including: The Trump presidency; Capitol Hill; the ideological warfare between and within the two parties; demographic change in America; and the evolving role of money in elections. He co-moderated the final Democratic presidential primary debate in 2019 hosted by PBS Newshour and POLITICO. Based in Michigan and tasked with roving widely across battleground states, Alberta writes a regular “Letter to Washington,” a 2020 dispatch highlighting stories, trends, and people from outside the political bubble for the political bubbles. ------------------------------------------------------- A Survivor’s Guide to Election 2020 Monday, October 26 Robert Yoon, UM Visiting Professor and Associate Director, Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists Presidential election years are known for their dramatic twists and turns, but 2020 takes the cake. This year, the race for the White House has been completely redefined by a pandemic that has upended every aspect of daily life, and a widespread social movement that has forced a national conversation on race and justice. As a result, candidates as well as the news media have had to adapt to an ever-evolving landscape. As the campaign enters its final week, we’ll explore how the extraordinary events of 2020 have shaped the presidential campaign thus far and identify what to watch for on Election Night. Robert Yoon is a visiting professor of journalism and the associate director of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists at the University of Michigan, as well as a political analyst for Inside Elections. His undergraduate courses on political communications explore campaign messaging strategies and the role of the news media in presidential campaigns. As a journalist, he is covering his sixth presidential campaign cycle and has helped prepare moderators from multiple news organizations for more than 30 presidential debates. As CNN’s Director of Political Research for more than 17 years, his contributions to the network’s election coverage have earned him two Emmy Awards, five total Emmy nominations, a Peabody Award, and a National Headliner Award. He received an additional National Headliner Award for his work on CNN’s investigation of the 9/11 terror plot. In 2016, he was named by Mediaite as one of the most influential people in the news media. ------------------------------------------------------- How Do We Heal the Widening Divide? Monday, December 9 Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University Professor of Political Science Vincent Hutchings, UM Professor of Political Science Jennifer Silva, Indiana University Professor of Sociology This panel will explore how the US has become so polarized, and discuss our present racial, class, and urban/rural divides and their impact on the election, and our lives generally. With the election behind us when this discussion takes place, the panel will focus on how we return to American ideals, heal, and move forward. Kevin Deegan-Krause is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Georgetown University in 1990 and his doctorate in Government from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. He has spent more than two decades studying how political parties compete against one another, and how that competition shapes what happens in a democracy. His latest book is The New Party Challenge: Changing Cycles of Party Birth and Death in Central Europe and Beyond, published by Oxford University Press in 2020. Vincent Hutchings is the Hanes Walton Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science at UM and a Research Professor at the UM Institute for Social Research. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research examines the ways in which political campaigns and the media frame information about racial issues in order to activate and make politically relevant the voters’ sympathies and/or antipathies for particular racial groups. Jennifer Silva joined the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in 2019. Previously, Silva taught sociology at Bucknell University. She was also a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where she studied the impact of economic insecurity on social connectedness and civic engagement. Silva’s latest book is We’re Still Here: Pain and Politics in the Heart of America (Oxford University Press, 2019). Silva earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Virginia. She also studied sociology at the undergraduate level at Wellesley College.
Event Type : Special Projects      
Category : Election 2020
Date(s) : 09/11/2020 - 12/09/2020
Day of Week : Select Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Time : 10:00-11:30am, with some exceptions
Location : Online
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : OPEN