The following events were sponsored by LWV Baltimore County and City Leagues.
The Digital Divide: How Can We Bridge the Gap Between the Internet Haves and Have-Nots? 5/26/2021
Broadband Internet access has become a necessity in our increasingly Internet-driven society. Those without access to broadband service are at a severe disadvantage in accessing good jobs, virtual education, telemedicine appointments and much more. Alex Marré will explain the many barriers urban and rural residents face in accessing the Internet, as well as state and national efforts to increase access.
Alex Marré, Ph.D., is a regional economist at the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He monitors and briefs the public on regional economic conditions and conducts research on economic issues. Previously, as an economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he tracked economic conditions in rural America. His research has informed the White House Rural Council, the National Academies of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Southern Legislative Conference, and the American Association of Community Colleges, among others. Dr. Marré holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Oregon State University.
Environmental Challenges: Jump Starting the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup, 4/15/21
Learn how the Biden Administration can fix the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort and boost other environmental efforts around the U.S. Tom Pelton will lay out a politically challenging—perhaps radical—but necessary plan for the new administration, which must reverse the Trump Administration’s deregulatory efforts and deal with climate change and severe weather issues. The Chesapeake Bay is the nation's largest estuary, with a watershed that includes parts of six states and the District of Columbia.
Tom Pelton, an award-winning environmental journalist, hosts NPR’s "The Environment in Focus" since 2007. He is director of communications for the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to holding polluters and governments accountable to protect public health. Previously, he was a senior writer for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he was twice named one of the best environmental reporters in America by the Society of Environmental Journalists. Tom is the author of The Chesapeake in Focus: Transforming the Natural World.
The Crisis in Journalism- 3/24/2021
Synopsis: Over the past 15 years, more than one in five U.S. newspapers has closed, leaving hundreds of communities with no local news outlet. In other communities, papers have been purchased by national firms without strong ties to their communities, eroding local coverage there as well. What happens to a community without local news? What efforts are being made to save local papers or provide alternatives? And what can we—as consumers of local news—do to help save our newspapers?
Speaker: Liz Bowie has been a reporter for The Baltimore Sun for more than 20 years, covering every aspect of education. Since joining The Sun in 1986, she has also covered environment, business, and state government news. A Baltimore native, she was a Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University.
Women & Incarceration - 2/9/2021
Laura Hahn, Women & Incarceration: Perspectives on Imprisonment & Barriers to Reentry
Synopsus: Women are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. Who are these women and what crimes were they convicted of? How can we address the problems they face during incarceration and the barriers to successful reentry? Towson University Professor Laura Hahn will address the facts — and the myths — about women and incarceration.
Speaker: Laura Hahn, M.A., is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Towson University and serves as the Internship Coordinator for the criminal justice concentration. She previously worked for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the Department of Juvenile Services. Her master’s degree in Correctional Administration was awarded by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All - 11/10/2020
Synopsus: In the historic struggle for women's rights, including the right to vote, black women had to fight longer and harder than white women. Dr. Jones discussed the many women who fought and continue to fight for equality for all.
Speaker: Professor Martha S. Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how Black Americans have shaped U.S. democracy. Her recently published book, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All, offers a new history of African American women’s political lives. She is also the author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America, which won awards from the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association and the American Society for Legal History. A frequent writer for broader audiences, her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic and other publications. Professor Jones holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law.
Polling and the 2020 Election - 10/28/2020
Synopsis: As participants in our democracy, we listen to polls and accept them as truth. There is much more depth to their creation and analysis. Learn how polls in the 2016 and 2018 elections failed, and the changes being made in 2020.
Speaker: Dr. Mileah Kromer
As director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, Dr. Mileah Kromer oversees every aspect of the Goucher Poll, including survey instrument construction, sampling, data analysis, and the development of appropriate survey methodologies. In addition, she is responsible for interviewer training and lab supervision. Dr. Kromer also teaches courses on American politics and research methods and has appeared on national tv to discuss her expertise. Her research interests include public opinion, survey research methodology, and American state politics.
The Election and Disinformation - 9/29/2020
Defending Democracy from Disinformation: How to Protect the Election from Information Manipulation
Synopsis: Disinformation and manipulation of information causes discord, separates people into camps, and is difficult to combat, especially once ingrained. Learn how to defend democracy and talk with others who disagree with us.
Speaker: Bret Schafer is the Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. As an expert in computational propaganda, he has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, and he has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, CBS radio and BBC radio.