The Election Connection

In addition to a comprehensive program of voter education, registration, and mobilization (@BatesVotes), Bates offers an array of election-related programs designed to stimulate learning and discussion and to support informed civic action. The list below will be updated periodically during the 2020 election cycle.

Date/Time: Wed., Sep. 9, 7-8pm
Title: Ask Me Anything: US Electoral Politics and Political Institutions
Panelists/Speakers: Associate Professor of Politics John Baughman and Professor of Politics Steve Engel
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/99688741848

Date/Time: Wed., Sep. 16, 7-8:15pm
Title: The Civic Constitution
Panelists/Speakers: Jeff Tulis ‘72, UT-Austin Professor of Government
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/96227691087

Date/Time: Wed., Sep. 23, 4:45-6pm
Title: Panel Discussion: Ranked Choice Voting
Panelists/Speakers: Associate Professor of Politics John Baughman (moderator), Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, Executive Director of the Maine League of Women Voters Anna Kellar
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/99112764298

Date/Time: Wed., Oct. 7, 8:30 and 9pm
TITLE: Viewing the Vice Presidential Debate
8:30pm: Intro remarks and conversation with Professors Kelley-Romano and Engel
Location: Via Zoom URL (to access, please engage on your personal devices) https://bates.zoom.us/j/99155475538
9pm: Community Viewing Opportunities for Vice Presidential Debate
Location: Chase Hall Lounge and Memorial Commons (register on Eventbrite)
Chase Hall Lounge: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123728821235/
Memorial Commons: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123352272969/ 

Date/Time: Thurs., Oct. 15, 8:30 and 9pm 
Title: Viewing the Second Presidential Debate
8:30pm: Pre-game remarks and conversation with Professors Kelley-Romano and Engel
Location: Via Zoom URL (to access, please engage on your personal devices) https://bates.zoom.us/j/94468258705
9pm: Community Viewing Opportunities for the Second Presidential Debate
Location:  Chase Lounge and Memorial Commons (register on Eventbrite)
Chase Hall Lounge: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123736470113 
Memorial Commons: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123735675737 

Date/Time: Tues., Oct 20, 4:30-5:30pm
Title: Voter Suppression Forum
Panelists/Speakers: Zach Heiden, Chief Counsel at the ACLU of Maine, overseeing work to eliminate voter suppression; and Ben Chin ’07, Deputy Director and Political Engagement Director of Maine People’s Alliance
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/98611753117
Description: Join Zach Heiden and Ben Chin for a conversation on how voter suppression efforts target people based on their location, student or citizen status, age and ability, and (unwaveringly) race-ethnicity in Maine, followed by Q & A with the audience, led by Peggy Rotundo, Director of Strategic and Policy Initiatives at the Harward Center and former Maine State Representative and Senator. Prior to the forum, consider watching the Stacey Abrams film, “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (on Amazon Prime) about voter suppression across the U.S.
Event Recording: https://youtu.be/7M09BfriI9k

Date/Time: Wed., Oct. 21, 7-8:15pm
Title: Congressional Abdication 
Panelists/Speakers: Jeff Tulis ‘72, UT-Austin Professor of Government
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/99615534652
Description: In the Trump era, many describe US politics as beset by political polarization, hyper-partisanship, and an imperial presidency. While such characterizations have some true to them, in this talk, Professor Tulis focuses attention on a deeper pathology at the root of all of them: congressional abdication of its own powers and duties. This talk explores how and why Congress has abdicated its advise and consent role, its war powers, its impeachment oversight, and its budget-making authority. 

Date/Time: Thurs., Oct. 22, 8:30 and 9pm 
TITLE: Viewing the Third Presidential Debate
8:30pm: Pre-game remarks and conversation with Professors Kelley-Romano and Engel
Location: Via Zoom URL (to access, please engage on your personal devices) https://bates.zoom.us/j/92968522672 
9pm: Community Viewing Opportunities for the Third Presidential Debate
Location:  Chase Lounge and Memorial Commons (register on Eventbrite) 
Chase Hall Lounge: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123742536257
Memorial Commons: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123742235357 

Date/Time: Mon., Oct. 26, 4:45-6pm
Title: Ask Me Anything: Civic Engagement of BIPOC People When Voting Doesn’t Seem Like a Useful or Productive Act
Panelists/Speakers: Professors Leslie Hill, Krista Aronson, Rachel Roberson, Andrew Baker, and Charles Nero and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Noelle Chaddock (moderator)
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/93312358247
Description: Join faculty and teaching administrators for a conversation about the civic engagement of black, indigenous and people of color in this current political moment. The conversation will focus on the question “What does it mean to to be BIPOC in the United States to engage in a civic, legal and political process that seems to be failing them while facing the realities of violence and death?”

Date/Time: Mon., Oct. 26, 8-9pm
Title: Q&A with Bates Votes Coordinators
Location: Instagram LIVE @batesvotes
Description: Do you have questions about voting? Tune in to this livestream @batesvotes

Date/Time: Tues., Oct. 27, 4:45-7pm
Title: All In: The Fight for Democracy, a viewing and discussion about the new documentary by Stacey Abrams
Panelists/Speakers: Assistant Dean of Intercultural Education Rachel Roberson and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Noelle Chaddock
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/94946553538
Description: Join us for a viewing of the All In: The Fight for Democracy in which Stacey Abrams “bears personal witness to the struggle to vote, from the experience of her own family in Mississippi to her 2018 campaign for governor of Georgia” and discussion with Rachel Roberson and Noelle Chaddock to follow.

Date/Time: Tues., Oct. 27, 8-9pm
Title: Self-Care and Voting
Panelists/Speakers: A conversation between Bates Votes and Steven D. Parker, Assistant Dean of the Office of Intercultural Education
Location: Instagram LIVE @batesvotes and @batesoie
Description: It is important to embrace self-care from a biopsychosocial framework especially when undergoing stress provoking experiences. Join in on the conversation as we dive below the surface of caring intrapersonally and interpersonally.

Date/Time: Wed., Oct. 28, 4:45-6pm
Title: Policy Panel: Immigration Politics and Policy
Panelists/Speakers: Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jaqueline Lyon, Associate Professor of Politics Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz, Assistant Professor of Sociology Marcelle Medford, Pierce Atwood LLP Immigration Attorney Tony Derosby
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/95120450530

Date/Time: Thurs., Oct. 29, 12-1pm (TO BE RESCHEDULED)
Title: Ask Me Anything: Conspiracy Rhetoric and Discourse in the Election
Panelists/Speakers: Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies Stephanie Kelley-Romano
URL: TBD
Description: There have been several conspiracies advanced over the course of the current administration, and the current presidential election season.  Why might these narratives be so popular? What are the rhetorical characteristics of conspiracies? Come talk about conspiracies! 

Date/Time: Thurs., Oct. 29, 7-7:45pm
Title: Electoral Engagement: Sociological Perspectives and Higher Education’s Responsibilities
Panelists/Speakers: A conversation between Bates Votes and Professor Emily Kane, Department of Sociology
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/6346188036
Description: Join us to discuss some patterns sociologists explore in relation to systemic inequalities in access to voting and representation in US electoral politics, and to watch a video framing higher education’s responsibilities in relation to encouraging student electoral engagement.

Date/Time: Tues., Nov. 3, 8-10:30pm
Title: Election Night and Other Fun!
Location: Pettengill Hall
Description: Pettengill Hall is the center of action on election night. Whether you want to watch election coverage, grab a snack, or play some games, Pettengill Hall is the place to be. Join the JAs and RCs for a variety of low key events and space to gather in small groups. Bring your mask and tune in for election coverage or tune out with stress relieving activities.

Date/Time: Wed., Nov. 4, 12:30-1:30pm
Title: What is Happening & What Might Happen Next? A Panel Discussion with Bates Faculty
Panelists/Speakers: Professors Engel, Baughman, Kelley-Romano, Perez-Armendariz, and Grahame
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/93635033624
Description: An opportunity to hear from and ask questions to Bates faculty about the election. Where do things stand? What do we know? What might happen next?

Date/Time: Thurs., Nov. 5, 5-6:30pm
Title:
Post-Election Art-Making Processing Space
Place:
Gomes Chapel
Description: Hosted by Multifaith Chaplaincy Stringfellow Coordinators, all are welcome to this art-centered processing space. We will use clay, collage, and seed planting to encourage internal reflection and discernment as you sift through initial emotions and reactions from the election; sharing will be optional at the end. 

Date/Time: Tues., Nov. 10, 7:30-8:30pm
Title:
Post-Election Sharing Circle
Place:
TBD
Description: All are welcome to join in an intentional sharing space for community reflection and conversation led by Stringfellows and Multifaith Chaplains.

Date/Time: Wed., Nov. 11, 4:45-6pm
Title: What is Happening & What Might Happen Next? A Panel Discussion with Bates Faculty
Panelists/Speakers: Professors Engel, Baughman, Kelley-Romano, and Richter
URL: https://bates.zoom.us/j/95639433825
Description: An opportunity to hear from and ask questions to Bates faculty about the status of the election. What do we know now? Has anything changed? What might happen next?