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Equity & Difference: Rights

As a nation, we have witnessed monumental moments of triumph and tragedy in the pursuit of civil rights. As individuals and as a society, we must continue to confront the realities of oppression past and present. In response to public comment from the Equity & Difference: Keeping the Conversation Going series and last year’s Equity & Difference: Privilege series, and with the support of UW faculty and staff, the UW Graduate School and the Alumni Association are now embarking upon a continuing conversation focused on the issues and intersection of privilege and politics, education, art, history and the environment.

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Registration is now open for UWAA and UWRA members. Registration opens for the general public on Sept. 8.


Wed. Oct. 4, 2017

Civil Rights Challenges We All Face

Megan Ming Francis HeadshotMegan Ming Francis, Associate Professor of Political Science, UW

The period after the 9/11 terrorist attacks saw a dramatic rollback in civil rights and civil liberties and laid the groundwork for where we are today. Francis will address the role of public silence in the erosion of democracy and the vital need to reclaim our voice.

This lecture has reached capacity. As a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 pm in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 pm will be offered to our guests in the standby line.

About Megan Ming Francis


Tues. Oct. 10, 2017

Healthcare for All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Donna Shalala HeadshotDonna Shalala, Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy, University of Miami

Why has it been so difficult to insure healthcare coverage for everyone? From Roosevelt to Trump, Shalala traces how history, politics and complexity have all contributed to our failure to achieve high quality care for everyone, and explores ways we can move forward.

Admission is free. Advance registration is required.

About Donna Shalala


Wed. Nov.1, 2017

Testing the Limits of Due Process Denial: Latinos and Immigrants as the Canaries in the Mine

Maria Hinojosa HeadshotMaria Hinojosa, news correspondent and journalist

Hinojosa has spent decades reporting on immigration and the treatment of immigrants – both documented and undocumented – by law enforcement organizations. In this lecture, she will give powerful witness to the routine denial of due process to immigrants and its effect on our broader society.

Admission is free. Advance registration is required.

About Maria Hinojosa


Thurs. Nov.16, 2017

The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)

Kristen Soltis Anderson HeadshotKristen Soltis Anderson, political pollster, author and ABC News contributor

Anderson’s research on the millennial generation has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and earned her a resident fellowship at Harvard. In this talk, she will offer key insights on how young pollsters and consultants are using data mining and social media to transform electoral politics.

Admission is free. Advance registration is required.

About Kristen Soltis Anderson


View past lectures in the Equity & Difference series. The Equity & Difference series is presented by The Graduate School and the UW Alumni Association.

UWAA and UWRA members receive advance registration for the series! Not a member? Join today!

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.