Past Event

Awakening Our Democracy: What’s At Stake in the Midterm Elections?

October 6, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

The Supreme Court’s June 2022 ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson effectively divided the country into two nations in terms of access to reproductive health care, and renewed concerns about other pillars of social progress – eeven those previously thought untouchable. In anticipation of the country’s first national election since January 6, 2021, we consider what is at stake in November’s elections.

Join us for a conversation with experts from a range of disciplines as they discuss the ruling’s meaning, and the ways in which its impacts could play out in the midterm elections.


  • Ester R. Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Program, Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
  • Olatunde C. Johnson, Jerome B. Sherman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Terry McGovern, Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor, Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center, Chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Alisa Solomon, Professor of Journalism; Director in Arts Concentration, M.A. Program, Columbia Journalism School.

Moderated by:

  • Nina Alvarez, CBS Assistant Professor of International Journalism; Director of Global Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

Lunch will be provided to registered guests. Please bring your CUID.

The panel will also be livestreamed on University Life’s website. You do not need to register if you plan to watch the event via livestream. You may do so on University Life's home page at starting at 12 PM on October 6th.

About the Series: Awakening Our Democracy is Columbia's conversation series on disparities and justice issues at the forefront of the University's and nation's consciousness. Learn more: 

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Contact Information

Stephanie Busch