Speakers & Events

Please join the Department of Political Science as we commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment and welcome Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Anita Earls. Justice Earls is an African-American civil rights attorney, educator, and founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ).

Her lecture, “Movements to Expand the Franchise and Perfect our Democracy: A Legal Perspective,” will examine the fight for women’s suffrage in light of her experiences in voting rights mobilization in the South. Bridging past and present struggles for voting rights.

Sep
10
Thu
CEW+ Advocacy Symposium / Keynote: Martha Jones
Sep 10 all-day

More details forthcoming

Sep
16
Wed
2020 Election: Voter Turnout and Access in Ohio and Michigan with Michigan Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson and Ohio Sec. of State Frank LaRose
Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual event hosted by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Free and open to the public. Registration details forthcoming.

The Ford School invites you to join us for a conversation on voting rights and voter access, featuring Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (link is external) and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (link is external)Jenna Bednar, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, will moderate. Secretaries Benson and LaRose will discuss state-level approaches to voter access since 2016. Issues surrounding voter turnout during the upcoming 2020 election will also be discussed, including voting during the coronavirus pandemic. 

From the panelists’ bios: 

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. 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. 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.

Frank LaRose took office as Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State on January 14th, 2019. Prior to being elected to statewide office, he served two terms in the State Senate representing the 27th Senate District in northeast Ohio. As Ohio’s Secretary of State, LaRose is doing his part to deliver a thriving democracy and a prosperous economy. In his role as Ohio’s chief elections officer, he’s working to ensure Ohio’s elections are secure, accurate and accessible. He is also supporting Ohio entrepreneurs as the sole authority to receive and approve articles of incorporation for Ohio businesses. Among numerous recognitions, LaRose was named the Legislator of the Year in 2016 by the Ohio Association of Election Officials in recognition of his support and commitment to improving Ohio’s election process. LaRose, a native of northeast Ohio, graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Consumer Affairs and Business.

Jenna Bednar is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, the Edie N Goldenberg Endowed Director for the Michigan in Washington Program, and a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute. Her research combines positive political theory and systems theory to study how formal institutions, such as laws, electoral rules, or constitutions, remain effective in complex environments. Her most recent book,The Robust Federation demonstrates how complementary institutions maintain and adjust the distribution of authority between national and state governments.

Event Details at: http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/2020/2020-election-voter-turnout-and-access-ohio-and-michigan

Sep
29
Tue
UMSuffrage2020 Event: Judge Anita Earls @ online
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join the Department of Political Science as we commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment and welcome Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Anita Earls. Justice Earls is an African-American civil rights attorney, educator, and founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ). Her lecture, “Movements to Expand the Franchise and Perfect our Democracy: A Legal Perspective,” will examine the fight for women’s suffrage in light of her experiences in voting rights mobilization in the South. Bridging past and present struggles for voting rights, her lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://umich.zoom.us/j/99237351067

Oct
12
Mon
Continuing Challenges to Suffrage in Michigan in 2020: Who Still Can’t Vote? @ ONLINE / ZOOM
Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Panel discussion with:

  • Stephanie Chang, member of the State House of Representatives and co-founder and past president of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan; 
  • Dessa Cosma, Executive Director of Detroit Disability Power; 
  • Reverend Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and leader of voting rights campaigns, including Take Your Souls to the Polls and Proposal 3;
  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, law professor and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University, as well as an appellate judge for numerous tribal courts.
  • Moderated by Michael Steinberg, Professor from Practice, UM Law School, former legal director, Michigan ACLU.

More details forthcoming.

Nov
12
Thu
Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power: Past, Present, and Future – Conference
Nov 12 – Nov 14 all-day

Co-Organizers: The Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) and the Department of History at Michigan State University and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan

 

Description: The Gender, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Power (GWSPP) conference is a multi-day meeting that brings together academics and activists to explore the critical history of women’s suffrage and political power, and the future possibilities for expanding gender equity in political participation and representation in the United States and across the globe. This conference intends to have a particular focus on womxn of color and will conceptualize suffrage broadly as encompassing civic participation and political power within and outside of electoral politics, and will include a critical perspective on the role of white supremacy in the suffrage movement. There will also be a portion of the conference dedicated to women’s power in higher education, with a view to drawing links between the exclusion of diverse women’s voices in the academy, and women’s broader political power.

 

The GWSPP conference is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in the United States, the 40th anniversary of the GenCen’s Gendered Perspectives on International Development Papers Series, the 30th anniversary of the Re-Visioning Knowledge and the Curriculum: Feminist Perspectives conference at MSU, and IRWG’s 25th anniversary at the University of Michigan.

 

Format: The GWSPP conference will consist of a Thursday evening keynote followed by two days of academic presentations during the day that engage scholarly audiences with late afternoon and evening workshops on how to enter electoral politics, organizing for increasing political power of underrepresented groups, social movements to expand voting rights, and/or other activist and advocacy topics that engage broader audiences. Innovative session formats will encourage interdisciplinary scholar-activist conversations and provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student networking and mentoring. Through these diverse conversations, the conference aims to ignite collaborative, interdisciplinary dialogues around the past, present, and future of women’s political power and participation in the post-2020 election context.

  

More information forthcoming!