Constitution, Elections, and Democracy: Presidential Roundtable Discussion on Elections: Astead Herndon and Lisa Desjardins INT 100/201 APPROVED!

Monday, March 22, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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Free and fair elections, transparently reported, are the foundation of a healthy democracy. Yet in the United States, the proliferation of media has shifted our nation’s political, cultural, and social landscape – and not always for the better.  As the nation waited to see the results of two special election races which would determine partisan control of the U.S. Senate, the New York Times’s Astead Herndon – who has reported on Michigan politics – was on the ground covering Georgia as it embraced its newfound status as a battleground state. Days later, reporting from inside the Capitol on January 6, PBS NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins saw first-hand the consequences of the attack on our nation’s most visible symbol of democracy. In the second installment of the Presidential Roundtable series, journalists Herndon and Desjardins join Grand Valley State University’s President Philomena V. Mantella and her predecessors Arend Lubbers, Mark Murray, and Thomas Haas for a conversation that delves into the role the media play in the election process and how to restore public faith in elections, journalism, and democracy.

The Presidential Roundtable Series is presented by Grand Valley State University, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, assisted by the GVSU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of Student Life, the Frederik Meijer Honors College and its Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Program.

For more information about the Constitution, Elections, and Democracy Presidential Roundtable series, please visit the webpage here.

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