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Campus Protests and Police Force: An Ethical Framework

In a new essay, Archon Fung looks at this current wave of campus protests and asks if civil disobedience is permissible, and how much disruption should be tolerated at universities today.

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Warding off new attempts to steal an election
a photograph of protestors storming the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021

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Warding off new attempts to steal an election

At the Ash Center, Lawrence Lessig, Matthew Seligman, and Ian Bassin discuss the looming threats to our next presidential election.

Episode Two: 1,300 Days of BLM Demonstrations in Wooster, Ohio

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Episode Two: 1,300 Days of BLM Demonstrations in Wooster, Ohio

In the second episode of the Nonviolent Action Lab Podcast, Désirée Weber describes what 1,300 days of protest and political pressure looked like in Wooster, Ohio in 2020

Episode One: Meet the Nonviolent Action Lab

Podcast

Episode One: Meet the Nonviolent Action Lab

Host Jay Ulfelder sits down with Professor Erica Chenoweth for the first episode in the new podcast series.

Moving beyond the Electoral College
Congressman Jamie Raskin speaks at an Ash Center conference on the Electoral College

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Moving beyond the Electoral College

At an Ash Center symposium on Electoral College reform, Congressman Jamie Raskin makes the case that the US should finally move to a direct popular vote for selecting presidential winners.

The Electoral College: What’s to be Done
A presidential electoral in Washington State ceremonially signs an electoral college ballot

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The Electoral College: What’s to be Done

During an opening panel at an Ash Center symposium on the future of the Electoral College, scholars examined the history behind how the US adopted its peculiar centuries-old system of choosing presidential election winners – and what should be done to reform or even abolish the practice today.

Election in Modi’s India – Beyond Democracy
photograph of voters standing in line to cast their votes

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Election in Modi’s India – Beyond Democracy

Börje Ljunggren looks back at many of the profound transformations shaping India today and ponders the future of the world’s largest democracy under Modi.