Fall Events

2020 Fall Events

Right to Vote Series

Fifty-five years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the right to vote in America is once again under serious threat. Join us this fall for a campus-wide conversation around voting, voting rights, and voter suppression.

The Right to Vote Series is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership, the Moody Center for the Arts, and the Politics, Law and Social Thought program, with support from the Humanities Research Center.

1. Rising to the Moment and the Movement With Your Vote: A Conversation with Jehmu Greene

Tue, Sept. 22, 6:15 - 7:30 PM CST
Click the following link to register: Zoom Registration Form

Jehmu Greene is a Texan, activist, and political commentator who brings the experience of a former President of Rock the Vote, the voice of a child of immigrants, and the insight of a Political Analyst at FOX News to the pressing issue of voter rights and mobilization.

2. Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote-
Film Screening & community-based voter engagement opportunities

Event link: Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote
Oct. 2 - 4
The film will be available to watch at your convenience beginning October 2nd at 6pm CST.
Link to the film will be posted here on Fri, Oct. 2.

Join us for a showing of Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote. Highlighting the personal accounts of voters in the 2018 midterm election in Georgia, this documentary directed by Robert Greenwald and featuring Stacey Abrams highlights voter suppression tactics that have been used for decades, and will continue to affect our elections unless we take action to change it.

The film will be introduced by student leaders and include statements from Houston based community organizations who will share how their organizations work to support voter rights and opportunities for students to get involved!

3. Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America-
Book Reading Group Discussion

Campus book reading and moderated discussions with Rice faculty on October 12, 14, and 16.

Limited E-book copies will be provided to book group participants, with priority given to Rice students. 
Sign up to take part in the book reading and moderated discussion here: Book Reading & Discussion Sign Up Form

Moderated book discussions:

  1. Monday, October 12, 6:15 PM CST,with Lyn Ragsdale, Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and Professor of Political Science
  2. Wednesday, October 14, 6:15 PM CST, with Peter C. Caldwell, Samuel G. McCann Professor of History and Faculty Director of the program in Politics, Law, and Social Thought
  3. Friday, October 16, 12 PM CST, with Shannon LaBove, Lecturer, Associate Director of Forensics, and Director of the Law, Justice, and Society Scholars Program, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs Dialogues on Diversity series  

Author Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and an investigative journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and Rolling Stone, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and NPR.

In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law.

Through meticulous research, in-depth interviews, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Give Us the Ballot offers the first comprehensive history of its kind, and provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, National Book Critics Circle Award - Nominee, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, NPR Best Book of the Year, Boston Globe Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Best Books of the Year.

The 2020 Texas Tribune Festival

September 1st - September 30th


The Texas Tribune will host its 10th annual festival during the month of September (9/1-9/30). The festival will have more than 250 speakers and 100 highly engaging conversations centered around issues such as COVID-19 response, the 2020 election cycle, immigration, education, criminal justice, and more! 

Many of the 250 programs planned are free to the public. However, some do require a ticket. To review the listing of events, which you can filter by free and ticket required, click the following link: 2020 Texas Tribune Festival Schedule 

The Center for Civic Leadership is proud to sponsor a limited number of students to attend these events. If you are interested in attending events that require a virtual ticket/pass, please complete the interest form below and indicate the events you would like to attend along with a brief explanation.

Complete this form to indicate your interest: 2020 Texas Tribune Festival Interest Form

Virtual passes will be ordered and sent to your school email address.