The Election, Voting Rights & Prison Education | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Oct 30, 2020

This week, an election-focused episode with Dr. Christina Rivers, associate professor of political science at DePaul University. She studies voting rights, African American politics and she’s taught several inside-out classes at the Stateville Correctional Center with students on the inside and DePaul students.

Rivers spoke to host Peter Medlin about how unprepared political science was for this moment in our history, the Re-Entering Citizens Civics Education Act which she assisted with, prison gerrymandering and voter suppression.

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Educator in this episode:

Dr. Christina Rivers

Stories Featured in this episode:

You Can Still Vote Early In Person, Even If You Originally Requested A Vote-By-Mail Ballot

This Is The 1st Year Vote-By-Mail Is Mandatory In Illinois County Jails


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