[Book Talk] Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? with Prof. Alex Keyssar


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Zoom (RSVP Required)

In just over three weeks, millions will head to the polls and elect the president of the United States via an arcane institution that permits the loser of the popular vote to win, and narrows campaigning to just a handful of swing states. In this discussion, Prof. Alex Keyssar will be joined by Prof. Edward Foley and Tova Wang to discuss his new book, why the founders settled on such an institution, it’s persistence over the hundreds of years since, and current efforts to preserve, circumvent, or abolish it.

Panelists include:

  • Prof. Alex Keyssar, Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Prof. Edward B. Foley, Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law, The Ohio State University
  • Tova Wang (Moderator), Visiting Democracy Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Virtual Event Details  

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