Democracy’s Ghosts: Fear and Hope in the 2020 Election
Tuesday, October 27, @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pmFree
In a blockbuster cover story this month, The Atlantic declared November 3, “The Election That Could Break America.” The week before the election, join professors Cynthia Stavrianos, Christopher Parker, Travis Ridout, and Johann Neem for a free, online discussion exploring the dynamics that led to this moment.
Election experts and scholars are openly discussing possibilities usually reserved for authoritarian regimes: a refusal to transfer power by a sitting president, disinformation, calls for private citizens to “watch” polling places, voter suppression, and fraud. How bad have things become in comparison? What are the forces bearing down on the 2020 election? How have the two presidential campaigns reflected our tumultuous and polarized era? Is American democracy in danger, or is there reason for hope?