The program sponsors talks, brown bags, panel discussions, and other events throughout the year. Upcoming events are listed to the left, under “Events.”  

Upcoming Events

Campaign Finance: Balancing Political Inequality with Free Speech, with Rich Hasen
Thursday, Oct. 08, 2015  |  4:00 pm (Reception follows at 5:15 pm)
Saxbe Auditorium | The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law  |  Register here.

The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (with special emphasis on Ohio), with Professor Akhil Reed Amar
Sept. 21, 2015  |  9:00 (breakfast at 8:30) |  Ohio Staters, Inc., Traditions Room, The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.  REGISTER HERE

For previous events, see the events archives.

Past Events

Democracy Studies Brown Bag
Apr. 30, 2015  |  Noon |  Thompson Library Conference Room 204
  • Alison Craig talked about her work: “Cue-Taking in Congress: Interest Group Signals from Dear Colleague Letters,” which she undertook with Jan Box-Steffensmeier & Dino P. Christenson, with Democracy Studies Program grant support.

Nate Persily Talk, “Solutions to Political Polarization in America

Mar. 25, 2015  |  Noon |  Moritz College of Law Faculty Lounge
(Note: the monthly brown bag was not held this month, to facilitate scheduling for Professor Persily’s talk.)
Democracy Studies Brown Bag
Feb. 26, 2015  |  Noon |  Thompson Library Conference Room 204
  • Vlad Kogan and Zach Peskowitz discussed their research “Education Governance, Local Funding, and Accountability.”
Sarah Binder talk, “The State of the Senate”
Feb. 12, 2015  |  Ohio Union Cartoon Room
Democracy Studies Brown Bag
Jan. 29, 2015  |  Noon |  Thompson Library Conference Room 204

Democracy Studies Brown Bag
Dec. 10, 2014  |  Noon  |  Moritz College of Law Faculty Lounge (Drinko Hall, Room 314)

The Ohio State National Security Simulation
In this two-day immersive law, policy, and process simulation, Ohio State students step into the shoes of lawyers, policymakers, intelligence analysts, and reporters dealing with a series of realistic national security crises ripped from the headlines. Real world law, policy, and fact apply. Student decisions determine the simulation’s outcomes. Senior practitioners from Washington and OSU play key roles and comment. Players make decisions amid information gaps and overloads, facing pressures of time, personality, ethics, and consequence.
Nov. 14-15, 2014  |  Ohio Union 2nd & 3rd Floors
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Democracy Studies Brown Bag
Oct. 22, 2014  |  Noon |  Thompson Library Scholars Seminar Room (460)

Democracy Studies Brown Bag
Sept. 24, 2014  |  Noon |  Thompson Library Scholars Seminar Room (460)

The Commission on Political Reform’s National Conversation on American Unity

Oct. 15, 2013 | 1 to 4 p.m. | The Ohio State University Ohio Union (Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom) |
Agenda and More Information

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) held its third in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with The Ohio State University and USA TODAY in Columbus.

CPR commissioners Secretary Dan Glickman, former Representative Charles Gonzalez and Karen Hughes joined former Ohio Governors Ted Strickland and Bob Taft, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, and others for a conversation on election reform moderated by USA TODAY‘s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

The event convened current and former elected officials and election experts for a Town Hall meeting and panel discussion exploring issues related to elections such as redistricting, primary reform, and resolving disputed elections. With Ohio as the “center of it all” for electoral politics, there’s no better place to debate the pressing challenges to our electoral process.

Joining the Town Hall were Robert Bauer and Ben Ginsberg, co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which focuses on promoting the efficient administration of elections in order to ensure that all eligible voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots without undue delay and to improve the experience of voters facing other obstacles in casting their ballots.

Fixing American Democracy: The Quandaries of Political Reform
Sept. 27, 2013 | 9 a.m. to Noon | OSU Thompson (Main) Library, Room 165
The Ohio State University offered interdisciplinary perspectives on a new book by Bruce Cain, Fixing American Democracy: The Quandaries of Political Reform. Co-sponsored by the Democracy Studies Program and the Mershon Center for International Studies. More on Agenda and Panelists.

Do Partisan Primaries Serve the Public Interest?
Sept. 26, 2013 | 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. | OSU Thompson (Main) Library, Room 165
A COMPAS Conversation, co-sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center. More on Agenda and Discussion Participants.

See more on past events, including the Democracy Studies Speakers Series, in our archives.