"Race, Voting Rights, and the Rebirth of Privatized Public Space
Dr. Tyson King-Meadows
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
7:00 pm, Fourth Floor Programming Room. Free and open to the public.
King-Meadows is a scholar of American political history who focuses on voting rights and black elected officials. He has written several books on the subject, as well as served as a fellow at Harvard, Princeton, and the Fulbright program. Such a lecture will help the campus think about a core democratic institution both in the wake of recent moves to retract voter rolls and in the long history of voter registration drives in the African American civil rights movement. The talk is timely given the Supreme Court decision invalidating key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and subsequent state-level initiatives to increase requirements for voter registration. The event is scheduled for just before election day, when the campus is (or, ought to be) thinking about the democratic process and primed for a scholarly take on its history and present debates.