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In the run-up to one of the most unprecedented elections in American history, 92Y will explore a cornerstone of democracy—voting—in a series of free talks with activists, journalists, political figures, filmmakers and others. The series, “Campaign for 100%”—from 92Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact— kicks off with the talk “If Everyone Voted” featuring E.J. Dionne, Janai Nelson and others—and continues through October, touching on a wide range of topics.

Other speakers and moderators in the series include: Valerie Jarrett, Cecile Richards, Trey Grayson, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, former Federal Election Commission Chairman Trevor Potter, Hendrik Hertzberg and Wyatt Cenac, who will lead an Oct. 8 discussion on the threat of misinformation.

The full slate and detailed event descriptions are below, and on 92Y’s website.

With E.J. Dionne, Trevor Potter Janai Nelson, María  Teresa Kumar and Kim Wehle 
Thursday, September 15, 2020, 6 PM 
Voting is a cornerstone of American democracy and yet in any given election, only 50 to 60% of eligible Americans vote, a rate that puts America behind many developed nations. What would happen if 80…90…or even 100% showed up on Election Day? This panel talk will delve into why democracy works better when more people participate and what changes in government, society and individual lives when more people vote. For speaker bios and to view the talk, visit:

With Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés, Moderated by Annette Insdorf 
Monday, September 21, 8 PM  
92Y Reel Pieces host Annette Insdorf moderates a discussion with the filmmakers of All In , a timely Amazon documentary produced by Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortés, Academy Award-winner Dan Cogan, and Stacey Abrams. A powerful exploration of the struggle for voting rights in the United States, the film features Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. In anticipation of the presidential election, All In is an up-to-date reminder of widespread voter suppression. Annette Insdorf is the moderator of Reel Pieces, 92Y’s signature film series, and a Columbia University Film Professor. For more info, visit:

With Jessica Huseman, Trey Grayson and Kristen Clarke
Wednesday, September 23, 6 pm 

Jessica Huseman, the lead reporter for ProPublica’s Electionland project, moderates a panel of top voting experts in a discussion about the issues every voter needs to be aware of in 2020: best practices for both in-person voting and voting by mail, potential barriers to voting and how to navigate them, threats of disenfranchisement amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making a plan for securely casting your ballot and more. For speaker bios and to view the talk, visit:

With Sam Gill, Andrea Hailey and Gerald Seib, Moderated by Jamie Floyd 
Wednesday, September 30, 6 pm 
A little more than half of eligible voters participated in recent elections which means…close to half did not. Who doesn’t vote and why? This panel discussion will explore the latest findings on non-voters with insights from The Knight Foundation’s landmark 100 Million Project and delve into why so many Americans are disengaged from the political process – and what would change it they turned out to vote. For speaker bios and to view the talk, visit:

With Wyatt Cenac, Jeff Kao and Claire Wardle 
Thursday, October 8, 6 pm 
92Y, in collaboration with ProPublica, will investigate how viral misinformation can disenfranchise voters and threaten the integrity of elections. What does misinformation look like and where is it coming from in 2020? What threat does it pose to the 2020 election and the results? And how can we build a reliable non-partisan source of information that all voters trust? ProPublica’s Jeff Kao, misinformation expert Claire Wardle and tackle these questions and more, with comedian, writer and producer Wyatt Cenac.  For speaker bios and to view the talk, visit:

With Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (TX), Cecile Richards, Timothy McNulty and Moderator Hendrik Hertzberg 
Tuesday October 13, 2020, 6 pm 
This talk, presented in collaboration with the Jack Brooks Foundation, will explore the political, social, and economic influence Texas has had throughout American history. It will touch on why and how politics has become more partisan, why it matters if all Americans vote, and how politics is practiced today – as seen through the lens of Congressman Brooks’ amazing story. For speaker bios and to view the talk, visit:

With Valerie Jarrett, Moderated by Emily Tisch Sussman 
Monday October 19, 2020, 6 pm 
Women are more than half the population and have cast almost ten million more votes than men in recent elections. And yet, women are often thought of as a specific constituency as opposed to the largest number of practicing voters. On the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, this talk will explore the impact women across the political spectrum can have by voting and how women went from disenfranchised to the deciders of elections. For speaker bios and to view the talk, visit: