Pandemic, protests and a presidential election: UChicago Expert helps U-Highers understand what's at stake in 2020

Pandemic, protests and a presidential election: UChicago Expert helps U-Highers understand what's at stake in 2020

"We live in this country together." This was just one of the clear, straightforward, and powerful statements made to U-High students before the elections by William Howell, Lab parent and UChicago Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the Harris School of Public Policy.

Professor Howell, who has often shared his precious time, knowledge, wisdom, and humor with Lab students, was speaking at a High School assembly on issues related to this election season. Professor Howell spent an hour answering student questions about the campaigns, democracy and what is at state in the upcoming election. He explained that we face profound challenges as a country and that we are going to have to find ways to come together to meet those challenges.

In introducing this program, journalism teacher Logan Aimone and history teacher Cindy Jurrison (who co-moderated the conversation) wrote, "Take a president who defies historical norms and a polarized electorate frustrated with a lack of progress in Washington. Add in the converging crises of a global pandemic, widespread economic uncertainty and a long-overdue reckoning on racial injustice, and you get the turbulent 2020 election season."

Families, alumni, and friends can hear Professor Howell each week on Not Another Politics Podcast. Or tune in to the UChicago Big Brains podcast, What Remains Unanswered After The 2020 Election, with former Lab parent, Luigi Zingales, the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance; Director, Stigler Center.