Activating the Massachusetts Electorate
The Institute and WBUR will gather local political organizers, data experts and advocacy organizations for a conversation about how we can activate and expand the Massachusetts electorate. The program will reflect on the results of September’s primaries, discuss what we can learn from the methods and efforts that drove new communities of voters to the polls, and analyze how Massachusetts can make voting easier and more accessible. This is the second of two conversations the Institute and WBUR are partnering on to explore current issues facing the Commonwealth.
• Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, @MassVOTE, Executive Director, MassVOTE
• Nancy Thomas, @NancyThomasIDHE, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
• Richard Chacón, @chaconrichard, Executive Director of News Content, WBUR
Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will visit the Institute for a discussion on the themes he explores in his recent poetry collection, How to Love a Country, and how Americans can find common ground through shared experiences and ideals.
Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the premiere of The Citizen’s Senate, a new educational program that highlights key moments in American history when citizens have compelled the U.S. Senate to act. The first installment will examine the struggles and ultimate success of the final decade of the suffrage movement.
Experts will discuss how our nation’s founders grappled with many of the same political issues that our country faces today, including political polarization and approaches to health care, and how we can learn by reflecting on our past.