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Voting Week has been proud to host speakers including Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Barham Salih, and many other distinguished guests. 

Learn more about the history of Voting Week and check out our schedule from 2014 and 2015.

For 2016, Voting Week officially runs from October 3rd through October 7th. Take a look through our schedule of events below.


Ralph Nader: Make a Difference in Your Community

Monday, September 19th
Lerner Hall, Room 555 | Doors open at 12 PM | Tickets Required

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Learn more and reserve your ticket here. (SOLD OUT)

Getting involved and making a difference can seem overwhelming. Fear not, says American political icon, Ralph Nader: It's easier than you think. Come hear Mr. Nader discuss ways you can get involved during this Voting Week preview event.  This event will be moderated by Columbia Political Science Professor, Andrew Nathan. Coffee and tea reception to follow! Make sure to reserve your free ticket in advance: all attendees must have a ticket.

Event from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM; Book signing from 1:30 PM - 2 PM.

Art as Expression: Combat Paper

Wednesday, October 5th
Dodge Plaza | Workshop begins at 10 AM

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Join campus veterans groups and the School of General Studies for a participatory workshop, transforming military uniforms into handmade paper on Dodge Plaza. Then, come to an exhibition of the paper produced over the course of the day in Dodge Hall for a related poetry reading.

Event from 10 AM - 5 PM.

A Conversation with Shaun King

Monday, October 3rd
Lerner Hall, Roone Auditorium | Doors open at 6:30 PM | Tickets Required

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Come listen to Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King, speak about the movement and its impact on the election. King is a prominent voice within the movement who has written extensively on discrimination, police brutality, the prison-industrial complex, and social justice. He is also a Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News and was for Daily Kos. Make sure to reserve your free ticket in advance: all attendees must have a ticket.

Event from 7 PM - 9 PM.

Awakening Our Democracy

Wednesday, October 5th
Pulitzer Hall, Room 300 | Doors open at 12 PM | Tickets Required

Register online here for this event. (SOLD OUT)

Awakening Our Democracy is a new conversation series on race, ethnicity, disparities, and justice issues at the forefront of the Univeristy's and nation's consciousness. Join Van Tran, Negin Farsad, Cesar Vargas, and Duarte Geraldino for a conversation on these issues as seen in the United States presidential election. Sponsored by Office of University Life. Make sure to reserve your free ticket in advance: all attendees must have a ticket.

Event from 12 PM - 1:30 PM

Michael O'Neil, Green Party: Current State of Voter Rights

Wednesday, October 5th
Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge West | Doors open at 6:30 PM

Michael O'Neil, Green Party organizer, will discuss the current state of voter rights in the United States. Coffee and tea reception to follow!

Event from 7 PM - 8 PM.

Asian Americans: Voters on the Rise Workshop

Wednesday, October 5th
Lerner Hall, Broadway Room | Doors open at 7:30 PM

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the nation's fastest-growing voting demographic, and stand to be a stronger voting force than ever in the imminent election season. Join Asian American Alliance and community organizer Aries Dela Cruz (GS '09) for a discussion on why AAPI voter mobilization is so important, and engage in an on-site phone banking workshop to help get the AAPI vote out.

Event from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

Larry Sharpe, Libertarian Party: Futility of the War and Drugs and Terror

Thursday, October 6th
Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge West | Doors open at 6 PM

Larry Sharpe, from the Libertarian Party will speak about the risks and challenges of pursuing a war on drugs and terror. Coffee and tea reception to follow!

Event from 6:30PM - 7:30PM.

Latino Heritage Month: Latino Voters and 2016

Thursday, October 6th
Lerner Hall, Satow Room | Doors open at 8 PM

This Latino Heritage Month event will explore the current and potential impact of Latino Voters on the 2016 election.

Event from 8 PM - 9 PM.

How could Brexit impact the election?

Thursday, October 6th
Hamilton Hall, Room 702 | Doors open at 8 PM

Look forward to more details here for this speaker event exploring the causes and consequences of Brexit on the United States elections.

Event from 8 PM - 9:30 PM.


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