Voting Week 2020 is here! Check out our lineup of virtual events to commemorate an election year that reimagines the role of civic engagement. Learn more about Voting Week.
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A Lunch Conversation with Robby Mook CC’02
Monday, September 21, noon–1:00 p.m. EDT
Chat with a Columbia alumnus who has gone on to a distinguished political career. Robby Mook is the current president of the Democratic House Majority PAC and made history as the first openly gay presidential campaign manager in 2016, when he managed Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Join us to discuss his professional journey, the Columbia experience and more. This event will take place over Zoom. Registration is required.
Tuesday, September 22, 7:00–8:00 p.m. EDT
Join our Voting Week team on Instagram Live (@votingweek) for our Artist Talk in conversation with Emily Blake, Joe Block, Ashley Chew and Esteban Whiteside. Each artist will discuss their art, their creative process and how the two subjects are influenced by civic engagement and politics.
Panel-COVID-19 and the Future of Civic Engagement
Wednesday, September 23, 7:00–8:00 p.m. EDT
Our COVID-19 panel explores the immediate and lasting implications of the pandemic on civic engagement. We will be joined by elected officials from New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Pennsylvania for a glimpse into the varied state and local responses to the pandemic. Registration is required.
Keynote Speech with Mondaire Jones
Thursday, September 24, 7:00–8:00 p.m. EDT
Join us to hear from Voting Week 2020’s keynote speaker, Mondaire Jones. He is set to make history as the first Black, openly gay member of Congress and is currently the Democratic nominee for New York’s 17th Congressional District. As an attorney, activist and champion for progressive values, his victory in the 2020 primary indicates our state’s changing congressional delegation and marks a potential path for the future of civic engagement. Registration is required.
Saturday, September 26, noon–1:00 p.m. EDT
Meet Columbia alumni who have gone on to careers in activism, politics and civic engagement! Join us to participate in a discussion about the Columbia experience and how it prepared these alumni to work at places like Congress, the NAACP and state government. The event will take place over Zoom and will feature both a panel discussion and topic-based breakout rooms. Registration is required.
Activist Panel: A Conversation on COVID-19, Courts, and Immigrants’ Rights with New Sanctuary Coalition
Saturday, September 26, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT
Join Linda Chavez in partnership with New Sanctuary Coalition for a discussion on the challenges faced by asylum seekers in the U.S. The panel will explore how the COVID-19 pandemic as well as newly proposed regulations from the Trump administration have impacted asylum seekers in the past six months. Linda will also discuss how attendees can become involved in New Sanctuary’s organizing efforts in New York City from wherever they are. Registration is required.