2020 Election Virtual Event Series

On November 3, in the midst of a global pandemic and widespread social upheaval, voters across the United States will took to the polls. The year 2020 has defied expectations in myriad ways. But one thing is clear: many of the problems afflicting American politics and society today—including a struggling and fragmented news industry, the rampant spread of disinformation, and, for many, a newfound sense of democracy’s fragility—are years in the making and will long outlast the previous administration.

In the lead-up and aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the Council gathered leading scholars in the social sciences to address these and other urgent issues, drawing on our ongoing work at the intersection of media, technology, and politics. We invite you to watch these recent discussions on the forces that have led us to the present moment, and what comes after:

Navigating the Noise: Election Coverage in the Digital Age

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the Center for Brooklyn History
Featuring Julia Azari (Marquette University), Michael Wagner (University of Wisconsin), and Claire Wardle in conversation with Johanna Dunaway (Texas A&M)

Electoral Anxieties: November 3rd and Its Aftermaths

Thursday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.
Featuring Hahrie Han (Johns Hopkins University), Steven Levitsky (Harvard University), and Richard Pildes (New York University), in conversation with John Ferejohn (New York University), Deborah Yashar (Princeton University), and SSRC President Alondra Nelson

Disinformation, Authenticity, and Democratic Participation

Thursday, October 22, 5:30 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the Center for Brooklyn History
Featuring Sarah Banet-Weiser (London School of Economics), Francesca Tripodi (University of North Carolina), and Andre Brock (Georgia Tech) in conversation with Heidi Tworek (University of British Columbia)

The 2020 Election and Its Aftereffects: Results, Reflections, and Reimagining a Path Forward

Wednesday, December 2, 2:30 p.m.
Presented in partnership with the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University

Panel 1: David W. Brady (Hoover Institution and Stanford Graduate School of Business), Lee Drutman (New America), Hahrie Han (SNF Agora Institute), Frances Lee (Princeton University), Douglas Rivers (The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and YouGov/Polimetrix)

Panel 2: Morris P. Fiorina (Hoover Institution), Yuval Levin (American Enterprise Institute), Rashawn Ray (Brookings Institution and University of Maryland, College Park), Nancy Rosenblum (Harvard University), and Deborah J. Yashar (Princeton University)


These events are presented as part of the Social Science Research Council’s Media, Technology, and Politics initiatives.