The Meaning of the Midterms: Who Counted? Who Voted?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Meaning of the Midterms: Who Counted? Who Voted? || Radcliffe Institute

The year 2018 will be remembered for its surge in women's candidacies. Whether through individual, high-profile victories or the sheer force of hundreds upon hundreds of women standing for office, the midterm electoral cycle reflected options at the local, state, and national levels that were starkly different from any that Americans have confronted before at the ballot box. This panel offers an analysis of the election results through a diverse set of perspectives—academic, experiential, gendered, generational, geographic, and political—to enhance our understanding of the roles of and results for women, people of color, immigrants, and other historically underrepresented groups.

Introduced by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

(11:22) Aimee Allison, president, Democracy in Color

(22:39) Sarah Lenti, board member, Serve America Movement, and political consultant

(31:55) Katherine J. Cramer, professor of political science, University of Wisconsin–Madison

(39:31) Robert O. Self RI '08, Mary Ann Lippitt Professor of American History, Brown University

Moderated by Asma Khalid, political reporter, NPR

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:07:05)

This is a 2018–2019 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture.