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Seeds of Failure: Courts, Congress, the Constitution and Voting Rights


Sep 17, 2019
07:00 PM until 09:00 PM


Dr. Jeanne Zaino Addresses How Supreme Court Changes to the Voting Rights Act are Impacting the American Voting System Today

“Seeds of Failure: Courts, Congress, the Constitution and Voting Rights” 

Tuesday, September 17,  7 pm—Iona College Ryan Library Auditorium

Dr. Jeanne Zaino, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Iona College, author and television commentator, will give the first Edith Corbin Memorial Lecture, “Seeds of Failure: Courts, Congress, the Constitution and Voting Rights” on Tuesday, September 17,  7 pm, at Romita Auditorium of Ryan Library at Iona College.  It is presented as part of the Constitution Day program at the College.  The public is invited.

The Corbin Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Rochelle as part of a bequest to the League.  Mrs. Corbin was president of the LWVNR in the early 1960’s.  Press clippings from that time described her as organizing workshops on court reform and urging news media support for judicial changes.  For these efforts, the LWVNR won an award from the NYS Bar Association.  The lecture is being presented as part of the Constitution Day program at the College.

Dr. Zaino’s talk will address voting rights in the United States following the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby vs. Holder, which rendered unconstitutional a key aspect of the historic Voting Rights Act. This resulted in changes to some state and local voting laws and procedures, which, in turn, impacted the midterm elections of 2014 and 2018 and the presidential election of 2016 and continues to reverberate.

In addition to publishing in scholarly journals, Dr. Zaino is a frequent commentator on major television networks, has been quoted in major newspapers, and is a widely sought after speaker. She is the bestselling author of Adventures in Social Research:Data Analysis Using SPSS and of Core Concepts in American Government. Recently, she gave the keynote address on “The Disintegration of Politics,” at the Campaigning and Social  Media Conference sponsored by the University of Oslo, Norway. She was also a recipient of the Campus Teaching Award by the American Political Science Association.

At Iona College, Dr. Zaino has served as Chair of the Political Science Department, Director of the Honors Program, and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. She was awarded a M.A. degree and Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Ryan Library is off North Avenue just beyond the main Iona entrance on the right.  Parking is available in the Iona garage at the far end of campus or on-street.  For more information on the lecture, contact Peter Korn at pkorn55@msn.com.




View map Iona College Ryan Library
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY

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