2020 Election Programs

The virtual programs listed below are open to all students unless otherwise noted.

Week of October 26

Early Voting Near Campus

Through November 2
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Monday through Friday) and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
Ray Elementary School (5631 S. Kimbark Ave.) and Fiske Elementary (6020 S. Langley Ave.)
Learn more

IOP Civic Dinner: Voting Rights

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Register here.

Uncounted: Voter Oppression and Modern Politics

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Special Guest: Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University, Author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide"
Tuesday, October 27, 12:30 p.m.
Register here.

Crunch Time: Voter Contact, Paid Media and Getting Out the Vote

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Part of the IOP seminar series, Addisu Demissie & Scott Jennings on “2020: An Election Unlike Any Other”
Wednesday, October 28, 12:30 p.m.
Register here.

IOP Civic Dinner: Reckoning with Racial Injustice

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.
Register here.

A Conversation with Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, ’67

Sponsor: Law School
Wednesday, October 28, 12:15-1:20 p.m.
Open to the Law School community.
Register here.

IOP Civic Dinner: Polarization

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Thursday, October 29, 8:00 p.m.
Register here.

IOP Civic Dinner: Polarization

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
Register here.

Addressing Your Safety and Well-Being Concerns as a UChicago Graduate Student

Sponsor: UChicago GRAD
Friday, October 30, 12-1 p.m.
Open to graduate students.
Register here.

Swing State: What are the Polls Showing in North Carolina?

Sponsor: Harris Public Policy
Friday, October 30, 12:30 p.m.
Register here.

One Spirit: A Discussion Group on Spiritual Community Amidst the 2020 Election: Spiritual Perspectives on Action and Emotion

Sponsor: Spiritual Life
Friday, October 30, 3-4:30 p.m.
Register here.


Week of November 2

The Interdisciplinary Study of Race and Racism - Perspectives from the Across the Midway: Race and Economics

Sponsor: Law School
Speakers: Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business and Sonya Starr, Professor of Law
Monday, November 2, 12:15-1:20
Open to Law School students.
Register here.

Butterfly Support Group

Sponsor: Student Support Services, Center for College Student Success
Monday, November 2, 5-6 p.m.
College students can contact Devon Moore and grad/professional students can contact Ireri Rivas to join this support group for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy.

Election Day Voting

Tuesday, November 3, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
If you're planning on voting in person on Election Day, you can find your polling place here. For those in residence halls, polling places are as follows:

  • Campus North, Max Palevesky: Ray Elementary (5631 S. Kimbark Ave.)
  • Burton-Judson, Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons (South), Woodlawn Residential Commons: Cornerstone Baptist Church (1210 E. 62nd St.)
  • International House: The Cloisters (5801 S. Dorchester Ave.)

IOP Staff-Led Election Day Coffee Hour

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Tuesday, November 3, 3:30-5 p.m.
Further information to come; email purvipatel@uchicago.edu with questions.

IOP Slack Chat: Election Returns

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Tuesday, November 3, 7-10:30 p.m.
It's not a perfect substitute for the IOP Living Room, but it's a way for us to connect, chat, and watch the returns together.
Register here.

After the Election: Perspectives on Life, Work, and the Global Economy Following the 2020 U.S. Election

Sponsor: Booth
Featuring Dean Katherine Baicker, Deputy Dean Randall Kroszner, and Professor Raghuram Rajan; moderated by Gretchen Crosby Sims
Wednesday, November 4, 5-6 p.m.
Register here.

Post-Election Faculty Panel

Sponsor: Law School
Moderated by Genevieve Lakier, Assistant Professor of Law, this panel features Aziz Huq, David Strauss, and Daniel Hemel.
Wednesday, November 4, 12:15-1:20 p.m.
Register here.

Harris Student Dialogue RE: U.S. Elections

Sponsor: Harris Public Policy
Wednesday, November 4, 12-1 p.m.
Open to Harris Public Policy students.
Email kbiddle@uchicago.edu for more information.

Ask An Expert: A Post-Election Q&A for Charter and Lab High Schools 

Featuring UChicago Vice Provost Daniel Abebe and Professor Mark Hansen, hosted by Charter and U-High Principals Daena Adams and Paul Beekmeyer.
Wednesday, November 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Open to Charter and Lab students and faculty. 
Participants must register here using their school email address.

Virtual Harper Lecture: Election 2020 Debrief: A Conversation with UChicago Social Sciences Faculty

Sponsor: UChicago Alumni
Featured faculty: William Howell; Elisabeth S. Clemens, AM’85, PhD’90; Jane Dailey; Marco Garrido; John Mark Hansen; Kaushik Sunder Rajan
Thursday, November 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Students can register here, other University community members should register here.

2020: An Election Unlike Any Other – RESULTS!

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Part of the IOP seminar series, Addisu Demissie & Scott Jennings on “2020: An Election Unlike Any Other”
IOP Pritzker Fellows Addisu Demissie and Scott Jennings and David Axelrod breakdown everything we know about the state of the presidential election and a look at how some key down ballot races turned out.
Thursday, November 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Register here.

One Spirit: A Discussion Group on Spiritual Community Amidst the 2020 Election: Engaging Pluralism

Sponsor: Spiritual Life
Friday, November 6, 3-4:30 p.m.
Register here.


Week of November 9

IOP Civic Dinner: Polarization

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Register here.

Voting: What Went Right and Wrong in 2020

Sponsor: Institute of Politics
Part of the IOP seminar series, Addisu Demissie & Scott Jennings on “2020: An Election Unlike Any Other”
Wednesday, November 11, 3:30 p.m.
Register here.

OIA Election Debrief for International Students

Sponsor: Office of International Affairs
Join the Office of International Affairs for a brief presentation about the results of the 2020 election and a discussion of possible implications for international students.
Thursday, November 12, 8-9:15 a.m.
Zoom link: https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/92467537684?pwd=OC92Yk4zVVJ6MFAwaGY2UUNrcTVnQT09
Zoom password: 344078

The Pastora Cafferty Lecture on Race and Ethnicity in American Life
Featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sponsor: School of Social Service Administration
Thursday, November 12, 6-7 p.m.
Register here.

Harris Policy Forum: Election 2020: Where Do We Go From Here?

Sponsor: Haris Public Policy
Featured speakers: Dean Katherine Baicker, David Axelrod, William Howell
Thursday, November 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Register here.

One Spirit: A Discussion Group on Spiritual Community Amidst the 2020 Election: Contemplation for Self-Care

Sponsor: Spiritual Life
November 13, 3-4:30 p.m.
Register here.


Week of November 16

One Spirit: A Discussion Group on Spiritual Community Amidst the 2020 Election
Where We Go From Here

Sponsor: Spiritual Life
November 20, 3-4:30 p.m.
Register here.


Ongoing Programs

Let's Talk

Contact: UChicago Student Wellness
Let’s Talk provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential consultations with therapists from UChicago Student Wellness. No appointment is necessary. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name.
Learn more here.


Hosting a Peer-Facilitated Discussion

Click here for Student-led Election 2020 Virtual Discussion/Programming Convener Considerations.