Past Events

Explore past events held by the Center, and learn how we've used them to advance our mission.

  • The Future of Choice? Dobbs, Roe, and Reproductive Freedom in the United States

    The Future of Choice? Dobbs, Roe, and Reproductive Freedom in the United States

    May 10, 2022

    The Center on American Politics hosted a virtual discussion on the leaked draft of the Supreme Court's ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. A panel of scholars on political science, law, and health policy examined the draft ruling and what it means for the future of abortion rights across the country.

    Featuring:

    • Jackie del CastilloPostdoctoral Fellow, Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality, University of Denver

    • Amanda Hollis-BruskyAssociate Professor & Chair, Politics Department, Pomona College

    • Joshua WilsonProfessor & Chair, Political Science Department, University of Denver

    • Seth Masket, Director, Center on American Politics, Professor of Political Science, University of Denver

    Watch the recording here. 

  • The Politics of Debt Relief and Economic Rights in U.S. History: Race, Gender, and Class

    The Politics of Debt Relief and Economic Rights in U.S. History: Race, Gender, and Class

    May 5, 2022

    The Center on American Politics hosted a book talk on the politics of debt relief and economic rights in U.S. history. Political struggles over debt relief and economic rights are central to both historical and contemporary politics in the United States. Professors Sara Chatfield (University of Denver), Chloe Thurston (Northwestern University) and Emily Zackin (Johns Hopkins University) discussed two forthcoming book projects that address these issues with an emphasis on implications for marginalized groups. Chatfield’s research in In Her Own Name: The Politics of Women’s Rights Before Suffrage addresses the development of married women’s economic rights in the decades before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. And, in The Political Economy of American Debt Relief, Thurston and Zackin tackle demands for debt relief and the way these demands transformed the state from the nineteenth century to the present. In this book talk, all three discussed what their work has to tell us about the ways that race, gender, and class have been closely linked to the development of these economic policies.

    Watch the recording here. 

  • One Year Later: Reflections on the January 6 Insurrection

    One Year Later: Reflections on the January 6 Insurrection

    January 7, 2022

    The Korbel School hosted an important discussion reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol. A panel of faculty experts revisited the insurrection and discussed its consequences and implications for the state of American democracy as well as the ability of the United States to play a lead role in advancing democratic governance globally.

    Featuring:

    • Deborah Avant, Director, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    • Naazneen Barma, Director, Scrivner Institute of Public Policy & Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    • Alan Chen, Thompson G. Marsh Law Alumni Professor, Sturm College of Law

    • Rachel Epstein, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs & Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    • Seth Masket, Director, Center on American Politics & Professor of Political Science, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    • Frederick “Fritz” Mayer, Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    • Susan Schulten, Professor of History, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

    Watch the recording here

  • How to Talk to Your Family at Thanksgiving: Conversations Across Ideological Divides

    How to Talk to Your Family at Thanksgiving: Conversations Across Ideological Divides

    November 17, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30pm MST

    Americans are becoming increasingly polarized in political and personal ways, putting strain on both our democracy and our relationships. Christopher Celaya, a postdoctoral scholar at the Center on American Politics (CAP) whose work lies at the intersection of political psychology and political communication, discussed the nature of this problem and offered some solutions we can use in our everyday lives to help tame it. Key to understanding this problem is understanding how we construct identity, norms, meaning, and values. 

    Watch the recording hereYou can reference Celaya's presentation slides here

    If you'd like to learn more about how to have conversations across ideological divides and learn more about Celaya's research, you can view a previous presentation he did with the Denver League of Women Voters here

  • The Texas Abortion Ruling: What it Means for Rights Beyond Texas' Borders

    The Texas Abortion Ruling: What it Means for Rights Beyond Texas' Borders

    Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:00am MDT

    A panel of political scientists and legal experts discussed the recent Supreme Court decision over SB 8, Texas’ new law banning most abortions and empowering citizens to sue anyone who abets an abortion. Does this mean that Roe v. Wade has been overturned? How will this affect pregnant people? What will other states do? What has been the public response? What does this mean for voting rights and other areas of the law?

    Watch the recording here

  • Policy Perspectives: Gun Reform Politics in Colorado

    Policy Perspectives: Gun Reform Politics in Colorado

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:00pm MDT

    The Josef Korbel School of International Studies is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new partnership between the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy and the Center on American Politics, which will serve as the hub for dialogue and research on the nexus of policy and politics in Colorado and beyond. 

    For the partnership's inaugural event, we convened a substantive civil dialogue around gun control and reform, a timely issue of utmost importance in Colorado and across the United States. Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) of Colorado's 1st Congressional District and attorney and former Colorado State Representative Cole Wist shared their perspectives and work on gun legislation at the state and national level and how policy and politics intersect to inform action on gun control.

    Watch the recording here

  • Emotion, Expectancy, Aftermath: Examining voter responses to the 2016 and 2020 elections through a neurocognitive lens

    Emotion, Expectancy, Aftermath: Examining voter responses to the 2016 and 2020 elections through a neurocognitive lens

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 12pm-1:00pm MDT

    The human brain has evolved to make predictions and evaluate outcomes against them, learning information, generating emotions, and adjusting behavior accordingly. By studying these processes in the context of election anticipation and outcome, we can test laboratory-based hypotheses against responses to a real-life, consequential event and consider implications for group-based civic behavior. I will present work examining emotion and autobiographical memory for the 2016 American election outcome as well as new work examining changes in emotion and media information-seeking behaviors as a function of prediction-outcome discrepancy for the 2020 American election.

    Speakers include:

    Dr. Kimberly Chiew

    Watch recording here. Access Passcode: CFby7%82

  • Revamping Communication: How can we discuss politics to maximize learning and minimize animosity?

    Revamping Communication: How can we discuss politics to maximize learning and minimize animosity?

    Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 12pm-1:30pm MST

    Politics has permeated much of American life. In a society where everything is politicized, even the most mundane conversations can quickly become contentious. Not only does this drive interpersonal animosity and distrust, but also coincides with contention over contrasting factual realities. But is this new state of affairs inevitable? Are there steps we can take, as individuals, to try to combat these new trends? An expert panel of communications scholars and practitioners share their knowledge and experience about how we can avoid animosity and make our discussions more fruitful.

    Speakers include:

    • Katie Knobloch (Colorado State)
    • Mathew Levendusky (University of Pennsylvania)
    • Julia Minson (Harvard University)
    • Michael Neblo (Ohio State)
    • Robin Teater (Healthy Democracy, 2016-2020)

    Watch recording here. Access Passcode: ppIaR$x2

  • Post-Election Panel: What Did We Learn?

    Post-Election Panel: What Did We Learn?

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm MT

    What lessons should we learn from the 2020 elections? Where did Donald Trump's coalition hold and where did it falter? How did the pandemic affect the vote? What have we learned about the political roles of race, gender, faith, partisanship, electability, and more? Did our institutions protect us or fail us?

    Join us for a discussion on all these questions with our panel of experts.

    • Megan Verlee (Colorado Public Radio)
    • Deborah Avant (Korbel School of International Studies)
    • Lisa Martinez (Department of Sociology & Criminology)
    • Sam Kamin (Sturm College of Law)
    • Chris Celaya (Center on American Politics)
    • Seth Masket (Center on American Politics)

    Watch here.

  • Electoral College and the National Voter Compact

    Electoral College and the National Voter Compact

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm MDT

    Is it time to rethink the Electoral College? Join us for a discussion with scholars and policymakers about America's unusual method of picking presidents, and why it has become so controversial in recent years. We'll also talk about the choice Colorado voters face regarding the Electoral College on this fall's ballot.

    • Seth Masket, Center on American Politics
    • Robert Hardaway, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    • Michael Foote, Colorado State Senate
    • Jennifer Nicoll Victor, George Mason University

    Watch the recording here.

CTA Pattern

Find Recordings of Recent CAP Events

Watch on YouTube