RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY / Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m. / Topic: “Presidential Election 2020” 


Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.

Topic: “Presidential Election 2020

Cultural Credit Eligible Event

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Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m. for a special panel dedicated to the “Presidential Election 2020.” This panel will feature Dr. Chesya Burke, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology; and Dr. Steven Smallpage, Assistant Professor of Political Science, as they draw from their areas of expertise to discuss the debate issues from the first Presidential Debate. Race is a central issue in the 2020 Presidential election, as the nation addresses:

  • The Black Lives Matter protests;
  • COVID-19 and health disparities along race and ethnicity;
  • The significance of having the first Black woman and person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, Kamala Harris as the democratic Vice Presidential pick.

As such, it is appropriate and timely to have a special panel series as part of the Race in the 21st Century dedicated to the “Presidential Election 2020.” The panelist will engage the six debate topics from the first presidential debate from Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. The debate topics as listed by The Commission on Presidential Debates include:

  1. The Trump and Biden Records
  2. The Supreme Court
  3. COVID-19
  4. The Economy
  5. Race and Violence in our Cities
  6. The Integrity of the Election

Reflecting upon the debate topics, we engage the question, “What are America’s Options?”

RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, is a weekly, one-hour discussion hosted by Sociologist Dr. Sharmaine Jackson and sponsored by the Africana Studies Program. Delivering to viewers extraordinary perspectives on current events and accomplishments unfolding in, and around our community, this series takes a deep dive into race by delivering stories that engage us on issues related to Black lives and racial justice.