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Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture: "Trusting Our Elections"

"Making Democracy Work Amid Election Deniers, Misinformation, & Stolen Election Conspiracies" - a conversation with former NH Sec. of State Bill Gardner & Prof. Russell Muirhead

Thursday, October 6, 2022
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Room 003, Rockefeller Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars

Livestream/Zoom Link: https://dartgo.org/perkinsbass22

Perkins Bass Distinguished Lecture

Trusting Our Elections: Making Democracy Work Amid Election Deniers, Misinformation, and Stolen Election Conspiracies

Speaker: Bill Gardner
New Hampshire Secretary of State
(1976 - 2022)

Host: Russell Muirhead
Robert Clements Professor of Democracy and Politics
Co-Director, Political Economy Project

Lecture Info:
Former NH Secretary of State (1976 - 2022) Bill Gardner and Russell Muirhead have a discussion about student voting, rigged elections, and the status of New Hampshire’s First-in-the-Nation primary.

Speaker Bio:
Born in New Hampshire, Bill Gardner followed his grandfather’s example and was elected three times to the House of Representatives from his home city of Manchester.

Elected secretary of state in 1976, at the age of twenty-eight--as a Democrat by a Republican legislature--he served in the position for nearly five decades. He was the youngest ever to hold the office, the longest to serve in it, and the first from the minority party to be elected by the majority.

He has an undergraduate degree from UNH, and graduate degrees from UNC-G and Harvard.

As secretary of state, he was responsible for administering and overseeing all state primaries and elections. He set the date for each presidential primary for nearly half a century. His position and his State House presence offered him a privileged window to witness the colorful and storied history of presidential primaries. He has a unique perspective on why--and how--New Hampshire has remained the first-in-the-nation primary state.

Host Bio:
Rusell Muirhead teaches in the Government Department at Dartmouth College. He is now teaching classes on Race, Justice, and the Law and on Democratic Erosion. One of his favorite classes to teach over his career has been American political thought. He has written books on conspiratorial thinking in American politics, and on partisanship in America politics. Muirhead also represents Hanover and Lyme NH in the NH Legislature where he serves on the election law committee.

For more information, contact:
Joanne Blais

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