Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:00pm

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, in partnership with the Cambridge Community Foundation, takes great pleasure in announcing a new discussion series, "Conversations on the Edge." This series addresses pressing issues through dynamic conversations with panelists who are experts and local activists, and encourages the declaration of diverse voices through robust audience participation. This time-sensitive learning experience aims to inform, motivate, and encourage. Most importantly, recognizing that contributing to a strong social fabric is a responsibility of educational institutions, the Cambridge Center aims to foster a continuing sense of community around these issues.

The first event in this series, Voting Rights and the Constitution on September 14th at 6pm, includes panelists, with the help of moderator Wilhemina Agbemakplido, who will lead conversation about the history of voter suppression, grassroots efforts to empower voters, and the policies that affect both. Panelists include:
• Moon Duchin: Associate Professor of mathematics at Tufts University and collaborator in the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, a research project in the practically relevant applications of geometry, topology, and computing to the redistricting problem. In 2016, Duchin presented a Mathematical Association of America Distinguished Lecture, titled "Math and the Vote."
• Elena Letona: Executive Director of Neighbor to Neighbor, a nonprofit organization that represents over 15,000 community members in issues of voter empowerment, educational justice, and mass incarceration. Elena Letona holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts and has over 20 years of experience working with grassroots organizations.
• John Stauffer: Professor of English and American Literature, American Studies and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is a leading authority on anti-slavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements and photography, and author of 19 books including The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002).
• Alexander Keyssar: The Stirling Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. His most recent book, The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (2000), was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. A new and significantly updated version of the book was published this summer and extends the narrative from the 2000 election through the election of Barack Obama.
About the Moderator:
Wilhemina Agbemakplido holds a masters degree in the Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Wilhelmina also co-founded Refugees Welcome!, a nonprofit organization that works with legislators at the local and national level on the behalf of service providers for refugees and immigrants.
The community can expect this recurring series to run on Thursday evenings, with the second in the series, Resistance in Context, scheduled for November 16. More information about upcoming events in this series can be found at


About the Cambridge Center for Adult Education: Since 1870, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education has been dedicated to providing the widest range of high-quality, low-cost learning opportunities for the diverse adults of Greater Boston and Cambridge and surrounding areas. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) remains deeply committed to place-based, person-to-person, experiential learning across a wide range of topics.
About Cambridge Community Foundation: Established in 1916, the Cambridge Community Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the country, and is the only foundation with all of Cambridge in its purview. Our vision is to promote a vibrant, thriving and inclusive Cambridge, with the culture of giving and opportunity for all.

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