Lessons from November: Who voted, who didn’t, and why does it matter?

South Carolina Humanities and Lander University are pleased to present “Lessons from November: Who voted, who didn’t, and why does it matter?” one of eleven virtual programs in the South Carolina Humanities Electoral Initiative. The live, virtual roundtable will take place on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Dr. Amy E. Black and Dr. Quentin Kidd will discuss voting rights, voter access, voter suppression, and re-districting in the past and after the 2020 Census. The program will be recorded and made available to view on-demand after the live event. Click here to register for the event. Suggested readings for this event can be found here. If you view the program, please click here to take our brief survey.

The South Carolina Humanities Electoral Initiative is part of a national initiative entitled “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through “Why It Matters,” 43 humanities councils will explore the history, importance, and impact of the American electoral process.

Dr. Amy E. Black is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College in Illinois.  Her books include Honoring God in Red or Blue (Moody Publishers, 2012), Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (Pearson, 2010), and Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics (Baker Books, 2008).  Her specialties include campaigns and elections, and she is past president of Christians in Political Science.

Dr. Quentin Kidd is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy, and Dean of the College of Social Sciences at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He has served as an expert witness before courts examining re-districting plans and voter suppression, and he is co-author of The Rational Southerner: Black Mobilization, Republican Growth and the Partisan Transformation of the American South (Oxford, 2012.)

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.