2020 Election Speaker Series

When: September 13, 18, 25 & October 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm CST
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

The University of Dayton School of Law and Human Rights Center are hosting a 2020 Election Speaker Series. The series will consist of political experts and officeholders discussing the most pressing issues leading up to the 2020 Election. The sessions will be available on Zoom and are free. You can attend all of them or just specific sessions. Please view the sessions below and register using the link provided for each session you wish to attend.

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Civic Engagement – Monday, September 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This inaugural session focuses on how to get engaged in the 2020 election on the local, state, and national levels. 
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  • Introductions & Moderator:
    Shelley Inglis, Executive Director, University of Dayton Human Rights Center
  • Speaker:
    Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State
  • Panelists
    Ifeolu A.C. Claytor, All Voting is Local, Ohio Campaign Manager
    Jo Lovelace Hill, Vice-President of Voter Services, League of Women Voters of Greater Dayton
    Christopher Devine, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Dayton
  • Presentation
    UDayton Votes Removing Barriers and Striving to Empower All to Participate – Rep. Charles Booker – Friday, September 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Removing Barriers and Striving to Empower All to Participate – Friday, September 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This session will feature Rep. Charles Booker with the Kentucky State House of Representatives.
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  • Introductions & Moderator:
    Joel Pruce, University of Dayton Human Rights Center
  • Keynote:
    Rep. Charles Booker, Kentucky State House of Representatives
  • Student and Community Panel: 
    Zion Savory, President, Black Law Students Association, University of Dayton School of Law
    Darius J. Beckham, Legislative Aide to Mayor Nan Whaley, City of Dayton

Race and Gender in the Elections – Friday, September 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
This session will examine issues of race and gender that impact elections in the United States. It features a special appearance and address by Ohio House Minority Leader Emelia Strong Sykes starting at 4:30 pm.
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  • Introductions:
    Khandice Lofton, Vice-President, Black Law Students Association, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Moderator: 
    Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Professional Development, University of Dayton
  • Speaker:
    Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes, Ohio House Democratic Leader
  • Panel:
    Reverend Peter Matthews, Pastor, Historic McKinley United Methodist Church and Director of the Center for Global Renewal and Missions at United Theological Seminary
    Professor Neil G. Williams, Nathaniel R. Jones Professor of Law, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law

Voter Participation and Suppression – Friday, October 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This session will examine structural problems that undermine full enfranchisement in the United States. 
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  • Introductions & Moderator:
    Bob Taft, University of Dayton, Distinguished Research Associate
  • Panel:
    Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
  • Benjamin Cover, Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law

Technology and Voting in 2020 – Problems and Promise – Friday, October 9, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This session will examine how new technologies are affecting the 2020 elections.
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  • Introductions:
    Wm. David Salisbury, Sherman-Standard Register Professor of Cybersecurity Management & Director, UD Center for Cybersecurity & Data Intelligence    
  • Moderator:
    Aquene Freechild, Co-Director, Democracy Is For People Campaign
  • Panel:
    Charles Stewart III, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, MIT
    Dan Wallach, Professor, Rice University Department of Computer Science
    Elizabeth Howard, Senior Counsel, Brennan Center’s Democracy Program

Campaign Finance and Other First Amendment Issues – Friday, October 16, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This session will examine the current law and practice of financing and conducting political campaigns in 2020. 
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  • Panel:
    Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Professor of Law, Stetson University
    Ann Southworth, Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law; Co-Director, Center for Empirical Research on the Legal Profession
    Craig Holman, Government Affairs Lobbyist, Public Citizen

Expectations, Emergent Issues, and Breaking News – Friday, October 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
This final session is devoted to a final review of the election-related issues facing the nation and our community in the final days running up to Election Day.
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