Moderated by Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Humanities Center.
While some states race to restrict early/absentee voting, voting-by-mail, and voting by convicted felons, others strive to make polling places more accessible to people with disabilities, and to expand same-day voting registration. How much was the 2020 election a catalyst for these actions? What are the historical trends and factors that have brought us to the present moment? What does evidence tell us about various forms of voting access and the prevalence of election fraud? These, and other questions, will inform a lively panel discussion about the fundamental right and responsibility of living in a functioning democracy.
The University of Minnesota Spotlight Series is a collaborative partnership between the University Honors Program, Institute for Advanced Study, and Northrop, to present lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and other events throughout the academic year around timely topics of interest. The six-part 2021-22 series, hosted in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, focuses on patriotism, public service, and civic engagement. The moderator for all six events will be Kevin Lindsey, CEO of Minnesota Humanities Center. All events are Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm and may be attended in Northrop’s Best Buy Theater or online via Zoom. Q&A sessions will follow each event.