Department of Politics
Posted on 3 November 2020
With the US election and the second national lockdown in England, this week is feeling especially political. I hope everyone is doing well with the transition to the new teaching formats - as you will have heard from the VC today, the current arrangements will continue as confirmed on Friday.
There is a great selection of events this week, with an all-star cast. One event this evening features former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP. The big event of the week is, of course, PolSoc’s coverage of the US election. There is such a fantastic group of panellists that I couldn’t fit them all into this email so do check out the event page link!
Hope you all have a fantastic week,
Jeremy Moulton (Learning Community Officer)
Tuesday 3rd November
6-8pm - panel discussion
9.45pm until late - pundit panel
The big event of this week (apart from the election itself, of course!) is PolSoc’s election coverage. The coverage will consist of two events. The first is a panel with five fantastic panellists including academics from our Department, as well as Queen Mary London, Imperial College, and Glasgow (see the full list on the event page). The second will be a pundit panel that will give live coverage as the results come in across the states. Not to be missed! Both events are available through the Zoom Webinar.
Wednesday 4th November
Dr Papiya Mazumdar (Department of Health Sciences) will be chairing this webinar to synthesise perspectives from experts in academia on key lessons learnt by the health systems in LMICs in responding to the pandemic. To view the full list of speakers and to book your tickets, check out the event page.
The York Politics Review
Sophie’s piece on how restrictions to a free press and freedom of speech impact negatively on the health of a democracy is introduced and contextualised with the fact that the Economist Intelligence Democracy Index downgraded the USA’s democracy status from ‘full democracy’ to ‘flawed democracy’ in 2019. This read, therefore, provides an interesting backdrop to this week’s election.