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Presented by Honors Program and BFA Visual & Critical Studies

Frances Fox Piven on the 2020 Election: What Just Happened, and What Now?

Nov 13, 2020; 7:00 - 8:00pm
Frances Fox Piven on the 2020 election.

Frances Fox Piven, sociologist, activist, one of the “nine most dangerous people in the world” (according to Glenn Beck), and author of the definitive analysis of the barriers to voting in the United States, returns to SVA to analyze the 2020 election.


Though it's unclear how much of the count we will know by the day of this talk, Piven will survey what we do know about the winners and losers for the presidency, the Congress, the House, key state offices, and more. She will analyze the dynamics of the whole campaign season from the crowded Democratic primaries to the general. She will reflect on what the election bodes for issues especially urgent for today's students—climate change, student debt, jobs and wages, racial justice, healthcare, and more. Finally, she will ask, in light of the results, what ordinary people can do next to achieve a better world.


There are few better guides to interpret what the results of this contest mean. Join BFA Visual & Critical Studies and the SVA Honors Program for this virtual talk. RSVP here and tune in on Zoom.


Frances Fox Piven, Professor Emerita of Politics at CUNY, was called by Glenn Beck one of the “nine most dangerous people in the world.” She has been among the most incisive, humane and engaged voices on the left for decades in the struggle for voter rights, welfare rights, working people’s rights, and social reform. She is the co-founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization and the author of several books: Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America, Poor People’s Movements, Regulating the Poor, and Why Americans Don’t Vote.


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Free and open to the public