2020 U.S. Presidential Election — Issues, Outcome and Implications
Topic：2020 U.S. Presidential Election — Issues, Outcome and Implications
Date&Time：Thursday, November 19, 8:30 p.m.；Friday, November 20, 8:30 p.m.
Moderator：Dean Philip McConnaughay
Location：STL Building Room 201
Thursday, November 19, 8:30 p.m.
James A. Gardner
Distinguished Professor at State University of New York; Bridget and Thomas Black Professor of Law;Research Professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
Professor James A. Gardner is a leading expert in U.S. constitutional and election law. His articles have appeared in Columbia Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, and many other publications. His books include Election Law in the American Political System (Aspen), What Are Campaigns For? The Role of Persuasion in Electoral Law and Politics (Oxford University Press) and Legal Argument: The Structure and Language of Effective Advocacy (Carolina Academic Press).
In 2012, Professor Gardner held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Theory and Practice of Constitutionalism and Federalism at McGill University in Montreal. In 2015, he was the Federalism Scholar in Residence at the European Academy’s Institute for Comparative Federalism. In 2018, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona.
Professor Gardner received his BA from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. Between 1984 and 1988, he practiced law with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
What is the actual role of the popular vote in the U.S. presidential election? What is the Electoral College and how does it work? May a candidate lose the popular vote and still win the presidency? Is it true that a founding principle of the United States was a fear of democracy and a desire to limit popular participation? Is it possible for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the outcome of the election?
Friday, November 20, 8:30 p.m.
Ellen Campbell, Assistant Director, Voter Protection, State of Wisconsin
STL Associate Dean Duncan Alford
STL Professor Mark Feldman
STL Professor Thomas Man
Why do the rules of voting in a national election vary from state to state? What was the mail-in absentee ballot controversy all about? What is voter suppression? How did Chinese-Americans vote? What are the foreign policy implications of Biden’s apparent election? What is Trump likely to do between now and Biden’s swearing in on January 20?