Electing a U.S. President: Then & Now

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

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An inside look at the presidential election from 1789-today

Eight days before the 2020 presidential election, the USC Price School and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington will host two critical conversations, with welcome remarks by USC Price Interim Dean and USC Schaeffer Center Director Dana Goldman. The first conversation will explore the emergence of the electoral college and its role in American elections, featuring Denver Brunsman, Associate Professor and Associate (Vice) Chair of the History Department at George Washington University, and Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. The second conversation, featuring Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and David Sloane, Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, will highlight the changing landscape of American politics owing to polarization and provide an analysis on the current election and the leadership qualities of the competing candidates.

Established through a generous gift by Maribeth Borthwick '73, who also serves as the Vice Regent for California of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, this lecture series explores the Father of our Country's lifelong accomplishments, providing a better understanding of him as a person, as well as his remarkable leadership, professional achievements, and lasting legacy.


Election Talks with USC Price:

As the United States nears its 59th presidential election, voters are preparing to cast their vote during a unique, and what some would argue as the most important year, for U.S. politics. The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy presents Election Talks, a series examining the influences on the 2020 election and the implications of your vote.

What are the long-term policy impacts of the recent social justice movements on voter access and voter options? How is COVID-19 further disenfranchising voters, what is being done to tackle voter suppression and how can you ensure your vote is counted? Please join leading experts and faculty from across USC Price to explore these questions and more during Zoom webinar presentations.

Election season can be a polarizing time of the year, and the USC Price School is committed to creating community and providing relevant information on critical subjects that are important to us all.

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