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November 2020

Post-Election Panel: What Did We Learn?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MT

What lessons should we learn from the 2020 elections? Where did Donald Trump's coalition hold and where did it falter? How did the pandemic affect the vote? What have we learned about the political roles of race, gender, faith, partisanship, electability, and more? Did our institutions protect us or fail us?

Join us for a discussion on all these questions with our panel of experts.

• Megan Verlee (Colorado Public Radio)
• Deborah Avant (Korbel School of International Studies)
• Lisa Martinez (Department of Sociology & Criminology)
• Sam Kamin (Sturm College of Law)
• Chris Celaya (Center on American Politics)
• Seth Masket (Center on American Politics)

Watch here.


 

Separate But Faithful: The Christian Right's Radical Struggle to Transform Law & Legal Culture

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT

Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College) and Joshua Wilson's (University of Denver) new book, "Separate But Faithful," chronicles the rise of a network of conservative Christian law schools and scholars outside the mainstream legal structure with a long term goal of controlling the federal judiciary. This book is proving prophetic and essential reading at this time in American political history. Join us for a discussion with the authors and commentary from renowned political scientists Andrew Lewis and Paul Collins.

Featuring:

-Authors Joshua Wilson (DU) and Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College)

-Andrew Lewis (Political Science, University of Cincinnati)

-Paul Collins (Political Science, U. Mass Amherst)

Recording coming soon.

October 2020

2020 and the Summer of Activism

Thursday, October 1, 12-1 pm MDT

 

The Summer of Protest: How Political Activism is Shaping 2020

How have protests in the wake of the May killing of George Floyd changed American politics? What changes has the Black Lives Matter movement managed to achieve, and where has it fallen short? A panel of leading scholars discusses what we've learned about the power of protest to change politics and society since the summer of 2020. Speakers include:

Laurel Eckhouse (University of Denver)
Megan Francis (University of Washington)
Hakeem Jefferson (Stanford University)
Jamila Michener (Cornell University)
Seth Masket (University of Denver, Center on American Politics)

Watch recording here.


 

Upending American Politics

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MDT 

How did Donald Trump win in 2016, and what does that tell us about his chances in 2020? What can we learn from networked groups like the Tea Party, the Koch brothers, and Indivisible, and how are they influencing our politics and our laws? And just what are the long-term prospects for American democracy? Center director Seth Masket and CAP scholar Chris Celaya join with Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol to discuss her new book Upending American Politics and what it has to tell us about the 2020 election.

Watch recording here.


 

Elections and Infections

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm MDT

Seth Masket joins his brother Harris Masket, Urgent Care Chief Physician at UC Berkeley, to discuss whether a president can be removed from power when dealing with an illness, the quality of the care Donald Trump is receiving, whether Americans have a right to know the president's health status, and lots more.

Watch here.


 

Ballot Access and Election Integrity

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MDT

Is ballot access a serious concern for the 2020 election? How much should we be worried about voter fraud, vote suppression, and the complexities of voting by mail? And what could happen after Election Day to undermine faith in the electoral system. Join us as we discuss crucial election issues both in Colorado and in the nation with a panel of experts. Speakers include:


• Seth Masket, Center on American Politics
• Martha Tierney, Tierney Lawrence LLC
• Judd Choate, Colorado State Election Director
• Nils Gilman, Transition Integrity Project

Watch the recording here


 

Electoral College and the National Voter Compact

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

Is it time to rethink the Electoral College? Join us for a discussion with scholars and policymakers about America's unusual method of picking presidents, and why it has become so controversial in recent years. We'll also talk about the choice Colorado voters face regarding the Electoral College on this fall's ballot.

• Seth Masket, Center on American Politics
• Robert Hardaway, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
• Michael Foote, Colorado State Senate
• Jennifer Nicoll Victor, George Mason University

Watch the recording here.


 

Election 2020: What to Expect

Thursday, October 29 | Noon - 1 pm MDT

Join us for a conversation with a bipartisan panel of top Colorado political experts and practitioners about the November election. We'll discuss such questions as whether the polls should be trusted this year, which candidates have played their hands well and which haven't, what new campaign techniques have emerged in this unusual political environment, and whether the Senate race here in Colorado will follow the patterns and the outcome of the presidential race.

Co-sponsored by the Center on American Politics and the Scrivner Institute for Public Policy at the Korbel School

RSVP

September 2020

Voter Empowerment and Election 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 6-7:30 pm MDT

 

With the highly anticipated U.S. general election in November, this event will welcome a diverse panel of experts to help shine light on the power of the women's vote as we celebrate the centennial of the women's suffrage movement. This event is free and open to all. Guest speakers include:

- Seth Masket, Director at Center for American Politics at University of Denver
- Ann Ayers, dean of Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver
- Dwight Bullard, former Florida politician and educator
- Sara Chatfield, assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver
- Crisanta Duran, former Speaker of the Colorado House and DU alumna
- Crystal Murrilo, Aurora City Council representative and DU alumna

 


 

Conspiracies, COVID, and Campaigns

Wednesday, September 16, 1-2 pm MDT

 

Join faculty experts from the University of Denver, University of Miami and University of Delaware as they discuss the role of conspiracies in elections and the effect of human emotions in deciding elections. Conversation will include how media and educators empower voters with critical analysis to innoculate voters against conspiracy theories. Guest speakers include:

- Seth Masket, Director at Center for American Politics at University of Denver
- Kareem El Damanhoury, assistant professor of media and journalism studies at University of Denver
- Kimberly Chiew, assistant professor of psychology and director of the DU Motivation, Affect and Cognition Lab at University of Denver
-Joanne Miller, associate professor of political psychology at University of Delaware
- Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at the University of Miami

Watch here.


The Fight for an Open Supreme Court Justice Seat

Wednesday, September 23,  2:00 p.m. MDT 

 

We're pleased to announce a last-minute panel discussion on the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We'll be discussing such topics as what will become of her seat this year, how Democrats might respond, and whether her passing will affect the presidential election. We hope you can join us for a discussion with legal and political experts to discuss this dramatic shift in our political landscape. Panelists include: 

-Sarah Binder (Political Science, George Washington University)
-Alan Chen (DU Sturm College of Law)
-Seth Masket (DU Center on American Politics)
-Joshua Wilson (Political Science)
-Deborah Avant/Moderator (Korbel School of International
Studies)

Watch here.


 

Early Voting and Voting by Mail: What's in Store for the 2020 Election

Thursday, September 24, 8-9 am MDT

 

The 2020 elections will involve early voting and voting by mail at levels not seen before in the US. But this expansion comes with challenges, both logistical and political. Join the John W. Kluge Center for a virtual panel, hosted by Director John Haskell, featuring experts on voting systems and politics discussing the basics and history of voting by mail as well as its recent politicization and likely future. Featuring Seth Masket, Andrea Matwyshyn (Penn State Law), and Kathleen Dolan (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Political Science).

Watch here.


Learning from Loss: The Democrats 2016-2020

Thursday, September 24, 1-2 pm MDT

 

Professor Seth Masket, director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver, has just published a new book, Learning from Loss: The Democrats 2016-2020, about the party's development over the past few years and its nomination of Joe Biden. Susan Schulten of the University of Denver's Department of History hosts a discussion of the book, featuring commentary from journalists Molly Ball (Time) and Jonathan Bernstein (Bloomberg), as well as political scientists Julia Azari (Marquette) and Hans Noel (Georgetown). The event will include time for your questions and answers with the author.

Watch the recording here.

AUGUST 2020

Pandemic and Politics in Fall 2020

Harris Masket (a medical doctor) and Seth Masket (a political scientist) discuss the latest questions about the Covid pandemic and US politics. How is the disease likely to progress throughout the fall? How is it affecting the presidential election? What are the odds for a vaccine? Watch here.

 

May 2020

Health & Politics: When is it safe to reopen?

Join Harris Masket (a medical doctor) and Seth Masket (a political scientist) as they discuss how politics and health policy are intersecting and competing -as states begin to re-open.  Watch here.

 


 

Poll Release: Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Election in Colorado

A survey conducted jointly with Montana State University and the Center on American Politics. Reports and tables available here.

 


 

Election Safety: What States and Federal Government Can Do to Move Elections Forward

What do we need to be doing to prepare for the November elections given the coronavirus pandemic? The Center on American Politics holds an on-line discussion with Rick Hasen, Dana Singiser, Dan Thompson, and Seth Masket.

Wednesday, May 6, from 12 to 1PM MDT. RSVP here.

 

April 2020 

Elections in Uncertain Times

How do we conduct campaigns, elections, party conventions, etc. when we can't go outside? The Center on American Politics held an on-line discussion on "Elections in Uncertain Times," with Pavielle Haines, Audrey Kline, & Seth Masket.

Thursday, April 2nd, from 12 to 1PM MDT.

If you missed it, please click here to view the recording.

 

 

October 2019 

Drones and the Conduct of War: Public Attitudes towards Unmanned Weaponry

Oct. 15, 2019 at 12pm-1:15pm
Sturm College of Law | Ricketson Law Building | Room 412
2255 E Evans Ave | Denver, CO 80226

Please join the Center on American Politics for a presentation by Professor Julia Macdonald (Korbel School of International Studies) on her recent research on unmanned weaponry.
Over the past 20 years, unmanned weapons have become an increasingly prevalent feature on the modern battlefield, and yet we know little about the implications of these new technologies for the future conduct of war. Dr. Macdonald's work examines the rise of one particular unmanned technology - unmanned aerial vehicles - to understand how these new platforms are understood by the public and policymakers in decisions to wage war. Through the use of survey experiments and interviews, this ongoing research project reveals tensions between US public and military preferences for unmanned uses of force, with important implications for how unmanned and increasingly autonomous systems might be used in the future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here.

September 2019

CONFRONTING ATTACKS ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM: New Challenges in Higher Education
and What We Can Do About Them

Wednesday, September 25 at 3:30PM—5PM
AAC 290 | 2150 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80208

Snacks will be provided.

Professors are increasingly under attack from media-savvy activists trying to narrow the range of discussion on campus. What are faculty members supposed to do when they're singled out? Come hear from Dr. Ari Kohen of the University of Nebraska about his own experiences and strategies for pushing back and preserving academic freedom. Ari Kohen is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Schlesinger Professor of Social Justice at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. 

This event is supported by the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program, the Political Science Department, and the Center on American Politics.

Did you miss this talk?  Click HERE to view a recording.

May 2019

Drones and the Conduct of War: Public Attitudes towards Unmanned Weaponry

May 30, 2019 at 12pm-1pm
Sturm College of Law |  Ricketson Law Building | Room 412
2255 E Evans Ave |  Denver, CO 80226

Please join the Center on American Politics for a presentation by Professor Julia Macdonald (Korbel School of International Studies) on her recent research on unmanned weaponry.
Over the past 20 years, unmanned weapons have become an increasingly prevalent feature on the modern battlefield, and yet we know little about the implications of these new technologies for the future conduct of war. Dr. Macdonald's work examines the rise of one particular unmanned technology - unmanned aerial vehicles - to understand how these new platforms are understood by the public and policymakers in decisions to wage war. Through the use of survey experiments and interviews, this ongoing research project reveals tensions between US public and military preferences for unmanned uses of force, with important implications for how unmanned and increasingly autonomous systems might be used in the future.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here.


 A Conversation with Governor Polis

A Conversation with Governor Polis
May 13th, 2019 at 6 pm
University of Denver | Davis Auditorium in Sturm Hall
2000 E. Asbury Ave. | Denver, CO 80210

On May 13th at 6:00 pm, the University of Denver will be hosting a conversation with Governor Jared Polis about his first legislative session as governor. The conversation will be followed by a panel discussion with several leading state lawmakers, and then by a reception at 7:00 pm. Moderated by CBS4's Shaun Boyd, the Colorado Sun's John Frank, and Center on American Politics director Seth Masket, the event is being sponsored by the Center on American Politics and the Colorado Sun.

We look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP here.

February 2019

Fake News or Freedom's Defenders: Trust in the Political Media

February 20th, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm
Sturm College of Law | Room 412
Ricketson Law Building | 2255 E. Evans Ave. | Denver, CO 80210

Panelists will be discussing people's trust in the media, how it varies across the population, some lessons from recent political coverage, and the best ways to cover the 2020 election cycle. RSVP here.