Election Day is around the corner. The Alumni Education Gateway has resources to keep you informed on the topics being debated at the local and national level. Access the toolkits and virtual events featured during the University’s Democracy & Debate theme semester. Make your mark on the democratic process and pledge to vote on Nov. 3.
COVERING THE CAMPAIGN
On Oct. 12, the Ford School of Public Policy will host a public conversation about covering the campaign with two senior political reporters: Jane Coaston of Vox and Daniel Strauss of The Guardian. Topics will include what it’s like to be a political reporter during an election season and what they think are the key political and policy issues at play in the presidential election.
DIALOGUES IN DEMOCRACY
Michigan Publishing presents a collection of 25 books that explore the core tensions in American political culture — tensions that erupt every four years during the presidential election. This reading list is perfect for anyone who wishes to better understand the context behind the nation’s democratic institutions and conflicts.
DISINFORMATION, MISINFORMATION, AND FAKE NEWS
This Michigan Online teach-out offers training on navigating the digital landscape when information can be instantaneously and globally communicated, and the threat of consuming misleading or false information looms large.
THE RIGHT TO VOTE
Michigan Law presents the webinar “Voting Rights and American Democracy” on Oct. 13, a discussion on the conflict between those who want to extend the right to vote and those who want to keep the right a narrow one.
DEMOCRACY AND DEBATE COLLECTION
Michigan Online has curated a portfolio of resources that will help learners understand the complexities of democratic systems. It includes content on current policy issues, community engagement strategies, social justice and racial equity, the underlying political and legal processes, and ways in which citizens can enact change.
On Oct. 19, the U-M Clements Library, in partnership with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, will host a virtual panel discussion on the meaning, histories, and practice of democratic citizenship — specifically by those who were denied full rights. Ben Vinson III, provost of Case Western Reserve University, will moderate the conversation featuring Derrick Spires of Cornell University and Martha Jones of Johns Hopkins University.
THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION
On Nov. 19, Dean Michael Barr of the Ford School will moderate a conversation about the 2020 presidential election and policy priorities for the president-elect. This event, with faculty members Betsey Stevenson, Shobita Parthasarathy, and John Ciorciari, is sponsored in conjunction with the University of Michigan Club of Washington, D.C.