‘Voting and Power’ panel sets stage for election-related events

IU Bloomington students will have plenty of opportunities to inform themselves about and engage with the 2016 elections thanks to a series of lectures, panel discussions and other events planned on campus.

logo-allin2xThe first Hot Topics event of the 2016-17 academic year, sponsored by IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel, will set the stage. The panel discussion on “Voting and Power” will take place at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Moot Court Room of the Maurer School of Law.

Panelists will be Bernard Fraga, assistant professor of political science; Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, professor of law; and Marjorie Hershey, professor of political science. Law professor Steve Sanders will moderate and lead a question-and-answer session. After the panel discussion, audience members will have a chance to continue the conversation in several breakout sessions.

Other upcoming election events include:

  • On Oct. 6, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen, the inaugural Indiana University Poynter Chair, will speak on “False Equivalence: Is Media Balance a Trap in an Atypical Election?” His talk will be at 7 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the Maurer School of Law.
  • Also on Oct. 6, the School of Global and International Studies will present a discussion by IU faculty experts on cybersecurity, human rights and related topics. Panelists will be Vice President for Research Fred Cate; Emma Gilligan and Clemence Pinaud in international studies; and Adam Liff in East Asian languages and cultures. WFIU radio will broadcast the discussion, which takes place from 7-8 p.m. in the Global and International Studies Building.
  • On Nov. 1, IU Bloomington political scientists will discuss issues in the presidential election. Ted Carmines and Gerald Wright will offer perspectives on the issues, and Bill Bianco will moderate. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Room 120.

The School of Global and International Studies sponsored a panel discussion this week featuring IU experts on refugees, global health and international law and economic relations. Audio and video of that discussion are available online.

Students at IU Bloomington are also generating interest in the Nov. 8 election through participation in the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, a nationwide competition aimed at boosting student voting rates. Student groups have been organizing voter registration drives, and the Political and Civic Engagement program and its Student Leadership Council are planning weekly walk-to-vote events on Wednesdays, kicking off with a party at noon Oct. 12 in Dunn Meadow.

On Election Night, there will be a panel discussion and a returns-watching party in the Franklin Hall Commons. And a week later, on Nov. 15, Hershey, SPEA faculty member Paul Helmke, State Rep. Matt Pierce and others will offer post-election analysis at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Room 120.

All events are free and open to the public.

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