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NPR Interviews Director and Associate Director of HLP about Voting Access

Reporter and host Cass Herrington of Blue Ridge Public Radio -- NPR for Western North Carolina -- interviewed the Hart Leadership Program's Director, Professor Gunther Peck, and Associate Director, Lalita Kaligotla, about the state of our current democracy when it comes to voting rights and access. "There's never been more attention to voting rights, especially…

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Students Present Elections in a Pandemic Projects

In a few weeks, our democracy as we know it will be put to the test.  The upcoming election is one of the most important ones we may encounter in our lifetime. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink the way our democracy is operated to ensure a safe, open, and fair election. This…

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PEP Fellows create audio documentary about ethical representation for Asian Americans in media

For their project as part of the Democracy Lab course, Political Engagement Project Fellows Erin Lee, Catherine Martinez, and Julianna Rennie sought to answer the question: what is ethical representation and how do we practice it? The group interviewed different members of the community to produce an audio documentary featuring a variety of perspectives and…

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Profiles in Leadership: Erin Lee, Catherine Martinez, and Julianna Rennie, PEP '20

By Thalia Halloran This post is part of a series called Profiles in Leadership, chronicling the extraordinary endeavors of our students during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.   Political Engagement Project fellows Erin Lee, Catherine Martinez, and Julianna Rennie (PEP ’20, PPS’21) didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic stop their fascinating work on immigration and representation. Before…

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