Newswise — Join the presidents of Rutgers University, Williams College, Berkshire Community College, and Howard University for Voting Rights, Election 2020, Colleges, Universities, and Us, a virtual conversation on Oct. 20 about voting rights, the upcoming 2020 Election, and the implications for colleges and universities.

Two weeks before the general election, the leaders of these four institutions, which represent distinct structures and student bodies, will come together online with students, faculty, staff, and the public for this timely and engaging discussion. Attendees may ask questions during Q&A.

The event will be moderated by Neil Roberts, chair and professor of Africana studies and faculty affiliate in political science and religion at Williams College and John J. Farmer, Jr., the director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

The Eagleton Institute of Politics and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies at Williams are co-sponsoring the event.

When: 7 p.m., EST, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

Where: Zoom – more details are available here

Media: The media should RSVP by emailing Gabriella Morrone, communications specialist at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, at [email protected]



The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University—New Brunswick studies how American politics and government work and change, analyzes how the democracy might improve, and promotes political participation and civic engagement. The Institute explores state and national politics through research, education, and public service, linking the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. To learn more about Eagleton programs and expertise, visit


Rutgers University–New Brunswick is where Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, began more than 250 years ago. Ranked among the world’s top 60 universities, Rutgers’ flagship university is a leading public research institution and a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. It is home to internationally acclaimed faculty and has 12 degree-granting schools and a Division I Athletics program. It is the Big Ten Conference’s most diverse university. Through its community of teachers, scholars, artists, scientists, and healers, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.


The W. Ford Schumann ‘50 Program in Democratic Studies was founded in 1999 with a gift from the Florence and John Schumann Foundation and is “committed to the exploration among faculty and students of ways to renew, rethink, and reform our democracy to keep citizens engaged and government responsive.” As the W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies, Neil Roberts has focused the programming on issues of democracy and civic responsibility. The program's Race and Democracy series inaugurated by Roberts is now in its third year, and it has sponsored events with Martha Jones, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Teju Cole, Ishion Hutchinson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Jesmyn Ward, Jason Stanley, and Carol Anderson. The Schumann Fund also hosted a conference on Democracy and Freedom at Williams College in 2019 and launched in 2020 a series devoted to issues of voting rights, voter suppression, and voter mobilization.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s approximately 2,000 undergraduate students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. The college is also home to roughly 100 Master’s students enrolled in its renowned graduate programs in Development Economics and the History of Art (the latter offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute). Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student's financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.