Election 2020 and its Meaning for Our Democracy

A Conversation for the Johns Hopkins Community
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This event is presented by Hopkins at Home and the SNF Agora Institute.

One week after the U.S. presidential election, SNF Agora Institute and Hopkins@Home invite Johns Hopkins students, faculty, staff, and alumni to join a conversation with JHU experts about what happened in the election and why, and how our community and our country might move forward together to realize the promise of democracy.

The event will will consist of two 30-minute moderated webcast panels examining different implications of the election, followed by a 30-minute “face-to-face” Q&A session, in which audience members will be invited to engage directly with our panel experts via Zoom.


Noon – Introduction by Hahrie Han

12:05 – Panel One: How Did We Get Here?

Our first panel will be a discussion of the current state of the election, results, and insights from Johns Hopkins experts about why people voted the way they did, and what underlying party, racial, economic, or other dynamics contributed to the outcome.

  • Steve Teles, Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • Vesla Weaver, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Stephen L. Morgan (moderator), Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

12:30 – Break

12:35 – Panel Two: Where Do We Go from Here?

Our second panel will be a discussion about what the election means going forward, and what are the next steps our community and country can take to heal divides and forge a future path together.

  • Eric Edelman, Roger Hertog Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • Nathan Connolly, Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
  • Hahrie Han (moderator), Inaugural Director, SNF Agora Institute & Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University

1:00 – Break

1:05 – 1:30 – Zoom Q&A

At the end of the second panel, audience members will be invited to join the the Zoom meeting for a Q&A session.