American Voter Project: Sports & Democracy


Thursday, November 9, 2023 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Pulitzer Hall - Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall (third floor)
Holder Initiative

Due to unexpected circumstances, this evening's panel has been postponed. Please stay tuned for the new date.

Voting is fundamental to democracy, but American trust in “one person, one vote” has been compromised in recent years by Electoral College outcomes, allegations of voter suppression and voter fraud, and gerrymandering of congressional district boundaries. Voter mobilization is integral to that conversation, and we are thrilled to explore the important role that professional sports teams have to play in this effort as we look ahead to the 2024 elections. For this installment of the American Voter Project series, the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights invites you to join us for a panel discussion on the theme of "Sports & Democracy."

Panel: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Reception: 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Food will be served)


Eric H. Holder Jr. CC'73, LAW'76, 82nd Attorney General of the United States

Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State of Michigan

Sherrie Deans CC'98, Founder and President, Intentional Group; former Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation

Scott Pioli, Front Office Analyst, NFL Network | National Football League; former Assistant General Manager, Atlanta Falcons; former General Manager, Kansas City Chiefs; former VP of Player Personnel, New England Patriots

Moderated by Frank A. Guridy, Dr. Kenneth and Kareitha Forde Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Professor of History; Executive Director of the Holder Initiative at Columbia University

*Panelists subject to change.

Registration for this event is required.

Please Note: This event is open to CU affiliates only.