Colby Election Initiative Event
Feb. 29 | 7 p.m. | Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Parker Reed Room
Ari Berman, contributing writer, The Nation magazine; Investigative Journalism Fellow, The Nation Institute
In his groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day. The act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet, fifty years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power, with lawmakers devising new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Berman’s stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR.
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