Engage 2020 Speaker Series

The E2020 Speaker Series features an array of public figures from diverse backgrounds – all with compelling messages about the power of students and young people to affect change and the urgency of this moment. The E2020 Speaker Series is a centerpiece of Wesleyan’s E2020 Initiative– the University’s comprehensive effort to support student learning and civic participation, while engaging the public around the electoral process and broader questions related to civic life.   

Date and Time Title (click the links to learn more about the speakers) Zoom Link
Tuesday, 9/08, 6:30-8:00 pm  Organizing Communities. Strategizing Politics. From The Arab Spring To Election 2020 with Esam Boraey https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/92611585657
Thursday, 9/10, 6:30-8:00 pm Good Trouble: A New Generation Engages A New Political Season with panelists, Bryan Chong ’21, Simon Gaughan ’22, & Devin Smith https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/93329317962
Tuesday, 9/15, 6:30-8:00 pm Don’t Hate….Communicate! – How to discuss the election and stay friendly Part I https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/94624657723?pwd=aC9pSzFocElaUXJUZ1BTeE9qZnNuQT09
Thursday, 9/24, 8:00 pm Film Screening of Boys State* https://screenings.a24films.com/boys-state/boys-state_virtual-screening-eastern-time_Sep-24-2020_8-00-PM_a24-at-wesleyan/partner/a24-at-wesleyan/
Tuesday, 9/29, 10:30 pm #E2020 Post-Debate Discussion with Professors Dancey and Mark* http://bit.ly/wes_postdebate
Thursday, 10/01, 6:30-8:00 pm Criminal Justice and the 2020 Elections with panelists Alicia Hernandez Strong ’16, Lorenzo Jones, Julian Adler ’02, Andrew Clark, and Earl Bloodworth


Wednesday, 10/07, 10:30-11:30 pm Vice Presidential Post-Debate Discussion with Professors Dancey, Fowler and Moore*


Thursday, 10/08, 6:30-8:00 pm Don’t Hate, Communicate!  Part II with Dr. David Campt Reserve tickets here
Thursday, 10/15, 7:00-8:00 pm The Era Footwork Crew: “Footwork Saves Lives” Panel Discussion Reserve tickets here
Tuesday, 10/20, 6:30-8:00 pm Our Country Our Votes: Young voters weigh in on the election, election coverage, and political discourse today with Graham Griffith and Kaari Pitkin https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/91955567265
Thursday, 10/22, 6:30-8:00 pm Religion, Diversity and Democracy. Eboo Patel in conversation with Michael Roth https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/95970675377
Thursday, 10/22, 10:30-11:30 pm #E2020 Final Presidential Debate Discussion with Professors Dancey and Peck*


Friday, 10/23, 4:30-6:00 pm Dispatches From the Field: Voter Education and Registration in Battleground States


Tuesday, 10/27, 6:30-8:00 pm Kristina Wong: Reality television, political theater, and social change https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/95782301099
Thursday, 10/29, 6:30-8:00 pm Elections under threat: Perspectives and Prospects https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/96777940327
Monday, 11/02, 4:30 pm The QAnon Phenomenon: Satanic Panic, Cannibal Fantasies, and Pizzagate Register here
Thursday, 11/05, 2:30-3:30 pm WesGIS Presidential Election Mapping* Register here
Friday, 11/06, 12:00-1:00 pm The 2020 Election Cycle – A Debrief https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/92493869973

All events are free and are in Eastern Time.
All events are open to the public, except those denoted with an asterisk* which are open only to the Wesleyan community.


Watch recordings of E2020 Speaker Series Events on our E2020 Videos Page.

The E2020 Speaker Series is supported by generous contributions from the Wintman Family Lecture Series Fund.