The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that “Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.” Unlike many nations, most of the United States deprive incarcerated men and women of the right to vote, not only when they are serving their time but also when they are released-- sometimes for many years thereafter. This not only violates the human rights of the incarcerated but also skews state and national elections. Martha Saxton, professor of history and women’s and gender studies and Elizabeth W. Bruss Reader, will discuss some of the variety of ways states disenfranchise imprisoned citizens and what the implications are for our political process.
This is also part of the Virtual Lecture Series, presented by Alumni and Parent Programs. This series offers a one-hour conference call each month featuring Amherst College professors and alumni discussing their areas of expertise and research. Saxton will take questions from the audience, but also by email or GoToWebinar. Listeners are invited to send in questions during the call.
Following the lectures, the audio from the calls are posted online, and alumni will be able to comment and continue the conversation on the alumni website.