We recognize that this election season is having a significant impact on our campus conversations - and likely our daily life. To help facilitate those conversations and to support our campus community, the Office of the Provost has gathered the following online election resources for faculty, staff and students.

Instructors are encouraged to share these resources and zoom events with their students as we approach Nov. 3, and the days following, with the goal of having a space to discuss and reflect on the election process and the results.

All campus events are free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

Pre-election & election day information and events:

  • Election Night – Virtual Commentary and Watch Party, Nov. 3, 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET: This virtual event in two sessions is open to faculty, staff, and students and is co-sponsored by Purdue’s Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Discourse Club and the Department of Political Science. Participants can register for Session I, Session II or both via the below links.

    Session I - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET: This session will feature a viewing of My Vote Matters - a short film created by Purdue’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter featuring Purdue students sharing why voting matters to them and the Bipartisan Boiler Show - a news and opinion show produced by and starring PSA members as hosts, panelists, and special correspondents. 

    Additional commentary provided by:
    • Rosalee Clawson, professor, political science, Purdue University, co-author, Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice, CQ Press (2020) and co-author, Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court, Temple University Press (2009)
    • Christopher Kulesza, lecturer, Purdue University, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
    • James McCann, professor, political science, Purdue University, co-author of Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants, Russell Sage Foundation (2020)
    • Martin Sweet, lecturer, Purdue University, CEO and Founder CITIZEN CONGRESS, author of Merely Judgement: Ignoring, Evading, and Trumping the Supreme Court, University of Virginia Press (2010)

    Register Session I: RSVP here to receive a link to the event. .

    Session II - 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET: Virtual election night watch party –faculty, staff, and students can drop in any time between 8pm-11:30pm and engage on Zoom with other students, moderated by members of Purdue’s Political Discourse Club.

    Register Session II: To regester please email polisci@purdue.edu 

Post-election campus events:

  • CSPAN Zoom panel, Nov. 4 & 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET: Faculty, staff and students are invited to interact with Brian Lamb and national correspondents in several Zoom sessions on various aspects of the election results.

    Panel times and topics: Wednesday, Nov. 4
    • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.- Brian Lamb and a national political reporter will answer general questions from students about the election.
    • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Brian Lamb will interact with students and listen to their thoughts on the election.
    • 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Congressional reporters will answer student questions on the future of Congress.
    • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.- Students can participate in a moderated discussion about the future of Congress.
    Panel times and topics: Thursday, Nov. 5
    • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Brian Lamb and a national political reporter will answer general questions from students about the election.
    • 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Brian Lamb will interact with students and listen to their thoughts on the election.
    • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Katie Brownell, assistant professor of history will discuss this election through the prism of history - including questions and comments from students.

    Attend the CSPAN panels. Download the event flyer to share here.
  • Reflecting on the Election, Nov. 9,  6:00 – 7:30 p.m: Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come together virtually to reflect on the recent election with a panel of academics who can provide insights to elections and governance. Panelists are:
    • Christopher Kulesza, lecturer, Purdue University, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
    • Amber Lusvardi, graduate student, Purdue University
    • James McCann, professor, political science, Purdue University, co-author of Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants, Russell Sage Foundation (2020)
    • Leigh Raymond, professor, political science, Purdue University, author of Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and a New Model of Emissions Trading. MIT Press (2016).
    • Moderated by Peter Watkins, visiting professor, political science, Purdue University.
    Register: RSVP here to receive a link to the event.

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