electoral initiative graphicThe SC Humanities Electoral Initiative

Lander University is one of four South Carolina universities that will present virtual programs as part of the South Carolina Humanities Electoral Initiative from October 2020 through April 2021.

This informative, virtual series was funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The “Why It Matters” initiative provides free humanities programs to engage the public in collaborative, accessible, and thought-provoking dialogues on the importance of electoral and civic participation.

The Electoral Initiative series brings together scholars from Lander University, Clemson University, Francis Marion University and the University of South Carolina, and political scientists from around the country.

 

The 11 events in the series are free, open to the public, and accessible via the SC Humanities website. Registration is required to participate. All programs will be recorded and will remain available on the SC Humanities website through April 30, 2021. A simple three-question survey will accompany each program.

 

Lander University Sponsored Events

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Post Inauguration Day Analysis: Where do we go from here?
January 25, 2021  |   5:30 p.m.

A live, virtual roundtable with Lander University political science faculty Matthew Malone, Lucas McMillan, Kimberly Richburg and Ashley Woodiwiss. In addition to election analysis at the national and state levels, panelists will discuss the roles of women in politics, crisis management in a time of polarization, and the view of the United States from abroad.
Register here.

 

 

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Lessons from November: Who voted, who didn’t, and why does it matter?
February 8, 2021  |  5:30 p.m.

A live, virtual seminar with political scientists Amy E. Black of Wheaton College and Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University. Black is author of Honoring God in Red or Blue and Beyond Left and Right. Kidd has provided expert testimony to courts examining states’ re-districting plans and is co-author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth, and the Partisan Transformation of the American South. Topics include voting rights, voter access, and voter suppression as well as re-districting in the past and going forward with Census 2020.
Register here.

 

 

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The Engaged Citizen: Stories from Activists
February 22, 2021  |  5:30 p.m.

A live, virtual roundtable with Mary Anne Inglis, former manager of Republican congressional campaigns and now co-founder of My Neighbor’s Voice, an organization that hosts forums on how to build stronger communities in a time of toxic partnership; Laurin Manning Gandy, a digital media strategist who has worked on Democratic presidential campaigns; and Jerry Blassingame, Founder and CEO of Soteria Community Development Corporation, which works on re-entry programs with individuals who have been incarcerated. Topics include avenues for civic engagement, activism, ideological polarization, and the rural/urban divide.
Register here.

 

 

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What is needed to keep a democracy healthy?
March 8, 2021  |   5:30 p.m.

Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University, will share insights from his best-selling book How Democracies Die (co-authored with Daniel Ziblatt). Levitsky uses comparative and geographic-based analysis on the functioning of democracies. He will discuss the challenges that democracies face in the 21st century. A pre-recorded virtual presentation will be available on March 1 before this live, virtual webinar on March 8.
Register here.

 

*Programs noted as “live” on specific days will be recorded and thereafter available via the SC Humanities website through April 30, 2021.

 

Find More Events

Watch, listen, and register for more SC Humanities Electoral Initiative events at here.

 

For More Information

Contact Lucas McMillan at smcmillan@lander.edu or 864-388-8275 with any questions.

 

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The SC Humanities Electoral Initiative was funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The “Why It Matters” initiative will provide free humanities programs to engage the public in collaborative, accessible, and thought-provoking dialogues on the importance of electoral and civic participation.