Announcing ISHR’s Elections and Human Rights Discussion Series

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Each individual has the right to participate in the conduct of public affairs, including through free and fair elections by universal and equal suffrage. Moreover, elections are an essential means through which we can support representatives who are committed to defending and promoting laws and policies that are respectful of human rights. Through this series that addresses both research and advocacy, we will explore various ways in which elections can be a powerful tool for change and tactics for addressing efforts to restrict and manipulate electoral processes.

The first event of the series, Youth Engagement and Influence, took place on September 21st. Click here to read more about the panel and here to view a recording of the event.

The upcoming panels are (Click on the title of the panel for full biographical information):

Ensuring an Equal Right to Vote - September 30th at 12:10 - 1:30pm EST:


Scholars and practitioners will discuss key barriers to voting rights and various tactics for ensuring the right vote. What are the main barriers to voting rights in the United States? What are some key successes and tactics for ensuring the right to vote?

Moderator: Liz Jaff, President and Co-Founder, Be a Hero

-Sylvia Albert, Director of Voting and Elections, Common Cause
-Adriel Cepeda, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union - Confirmed
-Ruth Greenwood - Lecturer in law; Co-Director of Voting Rights and Redistricting at the Campaign Legal Center, Harvard University
-Fred McBride - Redistricting and Voting Rights Policy Specialist, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
-Lisa Schur, Director, Program for Disability Research, Rutgers
For Zoom login information, please register here:

Voting Rights and Incarceration - October 6th at 12:10 - 1:30pm EST:


This panel discussion will examine how incarceration affects the exercise of voting rights. Experts will discuss issues including voting in prisons, restoration of voting rights, and the advocacy and political engagement work of formerly incarcerated persons.

Moderator: Professor Bernard Harcourt, Isidore and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Columbia Law School

-Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced in Louisiana
-Jennifer Holmes - NAACP LDF
-Kevin Morris - Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections Program
-Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy - Sentencing Project
For Zoom login information, please register here:

Indigenous Rights and Elections - October 14th at 12:10 - 1:30pm EST

Moderator: Elsa Stamatopoulou, Director, Indigenous Peoples' Rights Program, Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights


-Tatewin Means (Lakota), Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

-Michael Witgen (Anishinaabe), Professor, Department of History and the Program in American Culture University of Michigan
-Janene Yazzie (Diné (Navajo)), Sustainable Development Program Coordinator, International Indian Treaty Council & Co-Convenor, Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development
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Human Rights Classrooms and Elections: Teaching the Day After - October 16  at 1:00-2:00 EST

More information on this panle to be added soon. Please check back.