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Lowell Lecture

The Health of Democracy: Voter Suppression and Disenfranchisement

Date & Time

April 8, 2015


First Parish Church in Cambridge
3 Church Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Driving Directions


Erin O'Brien, political scientist, University of Massachusetts Boston Phillip Martin, journalist, WGBH

Presenting Organization

Cambridge Forum


Current Affairs

Political scientist Erin O'Brien explores current efforts to restrict access to the ballot, through both legislative and judicial changes in states across the nation. Journalist Phillip Martin responds with examples from the Civil Rights Movement of citizen actions, including civil disobedience, that opened ballot access to previously disenfranchised African Americans. How can citizens respond when the ideals of democracy come into conflict with the policies of government?

This program is funded in part by MassHumanities.