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October 21, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In order to protect our democracy in a time of globally growing authoritarianism, we must engage thoughtfully but with energy in working to strengthen the franchise, fight voter suppression, ensure fair courts and fight for transparency and fairness in our political system.  Caroline Fredrickson, author of The Democracy Fix and Under the Bus, will discuss how these tenets are crucial in keeping the United States’ political system a government that is by the people and for the people.

The lecture will be broadcast through Facebook Live and Zoom. Afterwards, a live Q&A will be moderated by the President of the League of Women Voters of Delaware, Carol Jones.

Registration is requested but not required to view through Facebook live. Please note a Facebook account is not necessary to view the event. Registration is required to join through Zoom.

This program is brought to you in partnership with the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center.  This program is also part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative.  We thank the Andrew Mellon Foundation for their support and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Program Description

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Delaware Humanities hosted its Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture in partnership with the Route 9 Library and Innovation Center.  This year's speaker was Caroline Fredrickson, a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law Center, and former president of the American Constitution Society, who discussed how best to preserve a fair and balanced democracy through protecting voter rights, ensuring fair elections, and securing fair courts. Missed the lecture?  You can watch the full event below.  Want to leave feedback?  Complete this survey.

About Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo

The Annual Lecture memorializes and honors Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo, an admired member of the Delaware Humanities Council. In 1979, Dr. del Tufo was named the first recipient of the Delaware Humanities Award. After his death that same year, the award was renamed in his honor to recognize academic accomplishment and commitment to providing accessible humanities programs for public enrichment. The capstone of the Delaware Humanities year, every October we bring a notable scholar or artist to Delaware for the Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture.  Past speakers include Astronaut Leland Melvin, Professor N. D. B. Connolly, Professor Jane E. Calvert, Professor Mark D. Jordan, and actress Cicely Tyson.