The Detroit League hosts candidate forums, town halls, and educational events to introduce political candidates and educate voters on issues relative to the community and country. The League also participates in community-wide events in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.
Under normal circumstances, we would host live events, but these are not normal times. So, for the time being, we continue to fulfill our obligation by posting digital information (virtual presentations, educational videos, and online candidate forums). Wherever possible, our events will be live.
Also included in this list are nonpartisan events (both live and virtual) that LWVD believes interest the community.
NOTE: Events are listed in chronological order and are FREE unless noted with a $. To view recordings and info regarding past events (including the Census, MI Citizens Redistricting Commission, and MI’s voting laws), see our Recordings/Past Events webpage.
Your Brain and Misinformation: Why People Believe Lies and Conspiracy Theories ⏤ Thursday, January 26, 2023 @ 2pm
Our brains do marvelous things but also make us vulnerable to falsehoods. Why? What leads people to fall for misinformation? And why do they share it with others? Is it all a battle between our emotions and our rational faculties? Between our ideological allies and adversaries? Or is there more to the story?
Join a panel of experts during the fourth annual National News Literacy Week (January 23-27) to untangle the threads in our heads and hearts that can cause us to accept and spread falsehoods, even when we should know better.
Panelists include Peter Adams, senior vice president of research and design at the News Literacy Project; Dr. Sander van der Linden, professor of social psychology in society at the University of Cambridge, director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and author of “Foolproof: Why We Fall for Misinformation and How to Build Immunity;” and Dr. Seema Yasmin, medical doctor, journalist, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and author of “What the Fact: Finding the Truth in All the Noise.”
This live, virtual discussion is free and open to the public and is presented in partnership with the American Psychological Association as part of National News Literacy Week.
Click HERE to register for the virtual event.
DPL/LWVD Collaborative Series: Erasing the Voting Rights Act ⏤ Tuesday, February 21, 2023 @ 6-7:30pm
The Detroit Public Library and Detroit League of Women Voters continue their collaborative series ⏤ partnering in talks promoting voter education and tools for action ⏤ with the first forum of 2023 entitled Erasing the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm.
Professor Ellen M. Katz, Ralph W. Aigler Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, provides an overview of the history of the Act and how judicial decisions, particularly from the Supreme Court, have limited the statute’s impact.
This program is free but you must register in advance. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the program.
Click HERE to register.
A recording will be posted on Recordings/Past Events after the program.
Photo from the Library of Congress.
February LWVD (Virtual) Membership Meeting ⏤ Saturday, February 18, 2023 (10 to 11:30 am)
Please join us for the first (virtual) membership meeting of 2023 on Saturday, February 18, from 10 to 11:30 am. The membership chair will distribute a reminder and agenda to all registered members before the meeting. If you have questions about membership or would like to attend the membership meeting, please get in touch with the LWVD membership chair Cheryl Bukoff at 313-288-9590 or email@example.com.
MLK Day at The Wright ⏤ Monday, January 16, 2023 (8 am-5:30 pm)
Join the Detroit League at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for the museum’s annual event commemorating the life of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2023, from 8 am to 5:30 pm.
From OneDetroit/NPR: “The Charles H. Wright Museum’s annual celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day returns for 2023 with a new twist. The museum’s 2023 MLK Day at The Wright serves to launch the museum’s new President’s Lecture Series, featuring journalist, commentator, New York Times columnist and MSNBC political analyst Charles M. Blow as the inaugural speaker.
The museum’s President’s Lecture Series will bring insightful and robust conversations in civic engagement, art, history, and culture to the Detroit community. MLK Day at the Wright 2023 will also feature a prayer breakfast, various educational workshops, family-friendly programming, and the film ‘Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. ‘
Ahead of the January 16 event, the museum’s Director of Learning and Engagement, Marline Martin, joins American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson to preview the full day of special programming for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Detroit League will participate in the annual event with a Voter Registration table stationed on the Rotunda. View a full schedule of ticketed and free events by clicking HERE.
This event is in partnership with Citizens Bank.
Detroit League (Virtual) Membership Meeting on Saturday, January 21, 2023 ⏤ CANCELED
Due to several unexpected events, the Board of the Detroit League has canceled the January membership meeting scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2023.
Please plan to join us for the February membership meeting on Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 10 to 11:30 am. The membership chair will distribute a reminder email with the agenda and Zoom link before the meeting.
If you have any questions regarding membership, please get in touch with our membership chair, Cheryl Bukoff, at 313-288-9590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.