EWC Seminars Live: Partisan Warfare and Voting in 2020 America


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When: Aug 25 2020 - 4:00pm until Aug 25 2020 - 5:15pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center Seminars and Journalism Program invites you to attend
EWC Seminars Live:

Partisan Warfare and Voting in 2020 America Briefing

Tuesday, August 25 | 4:00 – 5:15pm, Hawaii

Political participation in the United States has been contested since the founding of the nation and defined by distinct periods of electoral expansion and contraction. The US has at times excluded certain segments of the population from the voting process:  women, racial and ethnic minorities, landless whites, members of certain faiths, and most recently, citizens with felony convictions. For each of these groups, securing the right to vote has been won through collective action amid or following periods of immense social transformation or economic crisis, with far-reaching impact on partisan politics. As COVID-19 profoundly alters how Americans vote and candidates campaign, the 2020 US elections are expected to be extraordinarily consequential for the American electoral and political system. ​The Trump administration’s response to the pandemic and the economic crisis it has triggered, along with protests demanding racial justice, may also result in an influx of new voters or voters crossing party lines, thereby changing the electoral base and ushering in partisan realignment. Hear from former presidential speechwriters as they discuss how the 2020 elections may be more or less inclusive and may reshape the Republican and Democratic parties and American democracy itself.  

As EWC Seminars Live briefings are intended to build American and international journalists’ networks and inspire future stories, speaker remarks will be publicly accessible, but Q&A will be restricted to 8-15 working journalists who will address their questions directly to the speakers. Interested journalists must indicate their desire to participate in the closed Q&A on the registration form. Journalists will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be notified via an email from Center staff.


Speakers: (listed in speaking order)

  • Mary Kate CARY, Former George H.W. Bush Speechwriter and Senior Fellow for Presidential Studies, Miller Center, University of Virginia, Washington, DC, USA @mkcary
  • David LITT, Former Barack Obama Speechwriter and Author, Democracy in One Book or Less, Washington, DC, USA @davidlitt


To register, visit www.eastwestcenter.org/EWCSeminarsLive



Primary Contact Info:
Name: Jaymen Laupola