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ICAS Webinar (Online)

The 2020 Election and the Future of American Democracy

Saturday, November 14, 2020   00:00 - 02:00

  • Lorraine C. Minnite (Associate Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University-Camden)
  • Frances Fox Piven (Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology Emerita, City University of New York)
  • Sarajean Rossitto (Instructor and Independent Consultant, Temple University Japan Campus)
  • Magali Sarfatti-Larson (Professor of Sociology Emerita, Temple University)


The 2020 U.S. Election was a momentous event, for the U.S. and for the world.  This panel of experts will dissect the outcomes, identify the key trends, and explore what the election means for our collective future. What did the election tell us about the right to vote in the U.S., and how the problems of electoral administration contributed to voter suppression and de-legitimation?  As the electorate shifted to mail balloting, what explains the persistence of patterns of racial and class bias in who voted and why?  According to U.S. law enforcement agencies, the threat of electoral violence was real: what happened?  And what about the role of litigation and the courts in this election?  Are we seeing a politicization of the judiciary and a conservative roll-back of voting rights won by the great social protest movements of the past?  

Webinar Access

“The 2020 Election and the Future of American Democracy”


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Note: The webinar start is registered in Japan Standard Time (Tokyo)

Date | Time

  Friday 13 November 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST)

 Saturday 14 November 2020 | 12:00 am – 02:00 am (JST)


For more information: icas@tuj.temple.edu

Kyle Cleveland
Co-Director, Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Date & Time:
Saturday, November 14, 2020   00:00 - 02:00
Magali Sarfatti-Larson (Professor of Sociology Emerita at Temple University)
For early registration, RSVP to: icas@tuj.temple.edu. A Zoom webinar registration link will be made available after November 4th.

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Lorraine C. Minnite

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University-Camden

Lorraine C. Minnite is a policy-focused political scientist with expertise in American and urban politics and policy. She specializes in the study of inequality and how it is dealt with by the American political system, teaching courses on political participation, poverty, community development, urban politics, and policy analysis. With her expertise on voter fraud, she has testified before Congress, advised government agencies, been invited to speak to state elections officials about her research, and participated as an expert witness in high profile legal challenges to new voter identification rules adopted in a number of states. She is the author and co-author of two books on electoral rules and racial and class politics in the U.S., The Myth of Voter Fraud and Keeping Down the Black Vote: Race and the Demobilization of American Voters, co-authored with Frances Fox Piven and Margaret Groarke.

Frances Fox Piven

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology Emerita, City University of New York

Frances Fox Piven is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her authored or co-authored books include Regulating the Poor: The Functions of Public WelfarePoor People’s Movements: Why they Succeed and Why They FailWhy American’s Don’t Vote; and Who’s Afraid of Frances Fox Piven. She is a former president of the American Sociological Society, The Society for the Study of Social Problems, and a former vice president of the American Political Science Association.

Sarajean Rossitto

Instructor and Independent Consultant, Temple University Japan Campus

Sarajean Rossitto has worked with nonprofit NGOs in Japan for over 20 years. She has conducted skill-based trainings, and coordinated programs on themes as varied as humanitarian response, rights of PWDs and HIV/AIDS in Japan. She has assisted corporations develop effective community engagement, CSR and philanthropy programs. Sarajean has also represented US organizations in Japan and has taught courses on social movements, civil society and conflict mediation at Sophia University and Temple University Japan Campus. She is an Advisor for Japanese organizations such as The Asian Rural InstituteA Place to Grow and Mirai no Mori. She holds a Columbia University Masters of International Affairs degree with a focus on human rights in East Asia. Website: https://sarajeanrossitto.wordpress.com/

Magali Sarfatti-Larson

Professor of Sociology Emerita, Temple University

Magali Sarfatti Larson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Temple University and was Distinguished Professor at the University of Urbino in Italy. She has written extensively on development in Latin America and on the sociology of the professions, especially architecture. The Rise of ProfessionalismBehind the Post-Modern Façade: Architectural Change in Late Twentieth Century America represents her view of how sociology can best approach cultural change. She is particularly interested now in political culture. Recent work includes “The Resistible Rise of Sarah Palin: Continuity and Paradox in the American Right Wing,” (with Douglas Porpora) Sociological Forum; “Looking Back and a Little Forward: Reflections on Professionalism and Teaching as a Profession,”; “Radical Teacher,”; “Practice and Education in 21st Century Architecture: A Sociologist’s view” in Fernando Lara and Sonia Marques, eds. Quid Novi? Dilemas do ensino de arquitetura no seculo; nhamericapress and “Professions today: self-criticism and reflections for the future” in Sociologia, Problemas e Praticas. A long-time advocate of Latino voting rights, Dr. Larson worked in various pro-immigrant and Hispanic organizations and was very active in five campaigns in Hispanic wards in Philadelphia. She is now working with the volunteer group MiFu (Mi voto, mi Futuro) to mobilize the vote and empower diverse representation by phone, leaflet and text.