Wednesday Lunch Talk -- Post-Election Discussion

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12-1 PM


Register in advance for this meeting:
https://rochester.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqdO2przgqHtzs-k5MhlTrkKmoyWMvk5rs

Warner School Dean Sarah Peyre and Associate Professor Kevin Meuwissen will host a post-election community gathering to reflect on the divisive nature and outcome of the 2020 election, what it means for education and our work toward equity and inclusion.

While not necessary to join the conversation, Dean Peyre and Prof. Meuwissen invite you to take a look at the following readings.

These readings are organized to focus on one of two broad themes: (1) Understanding our political problem space; and (2) Considering where we might go from here.  You might consider focusing on one theme or another for Wednesday’s conversation, as our reflection facilitators may pair or group folks together by their chosen themes/readings.  

Theme: Understanding our problem space… 

On the causes and consequences of political sectarianism in the U.S., and ideas for combatting its most corrosive elements: 

Finkel, J., Bail, C.A., Cikara, M., Ditto, P.H., Iyengar, S., Klar, S., Mason, L., McGrath, M.C., Nyhan, B., Rand, D.G., Skitka, L.J., Tucker, J., VanBavel, J.J., Wang, C., & Druckman, J.N. (2020). Political sectarianism in America. Science370(6516), 533-536. 

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6516/533 

  

On the evolution of interactions between mechanisms of democracy and sectarian politics: 

Robin, C. (2020, October 21). The gonzo constitutionalism of the American right. NY Review of Bookshttps://www.nybooks.com/daily/2020/10/21/the-gonzo-constitutionalism-of-the-american-right/ 

  

On the challenges of transforming a multiracial democratic society into a governing majority: 

Levitsky, P., & Ziblatt, D. (2020, October 23). End minority rule: Either we become a truly multiracial democracy or we cease to be a democracy at all. NY Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/23/opinion/sunday/disenfranchisement-democracy-minority-rule.html?smid=tw-shar 

 

On the manifestations of misinformation and divergent realities in a politically sectarian society: 

Alter, C. (2020, October 8). US swing states reveal a nation plagued by misinformation. Timehttps://time.com/5897887/swing-states-2020-election/ 

  

Theme: …and considering we might go from here. 

  

On the causes and consequences of political sectarianism in the U.S., and ideas for combatting its most corrosive elements: 

Finkel, J., Bail, C.A., Cikara, M., Ditto, P.H., Iyengar, S., Klar, S., Mason, L., McGrath, M.C., Nyhan, B., Rand, D.G., Skitka, L.J., Tucker, J., VanBavel, J.J., Wang, C., & Druckman, J.N. (2020). Political sectarianism in America. Science370(6516), 533-536. 

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/370/6516/533 

  

On the interactions between our politically sectarian present and the electoral process: 

Graff, G. (2020, October 23). A day-by-day guide to what could happen if this election goes bad. Politicohttps://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/23/election-nightmares-guide-430915 

  

On ways to engage in political discourse in a politically sectarian society: 

Smarsh, S. (2020, September 17). How is arguing with Trump voters working out for you? The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/17/how-is-arguing-with-trump-voters-working-out-for-you 

 
For disability-related accommodations, please contact Mary Judge Diegert at (585) 275-2454 or email mjudge@warner.rochester.edu.
 




Tags: election, equity and inclusion, Kevin Meuwissen, racial justice, Sarah Peyre, Wednesday Conversation, Wednesday Lunch Hour