Capturing the Flag: a Documentary About Voting Rights

Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 7:00 PM
Capture the Flag promotional graphics

An Unexpected Story About American Democracy:

A tight-knit group of friends travel to Cumberland County, North Carolina - 2016 “posterchild” for voter suppression - intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens. What they find at the polls serves as both a warning and a call to action for anyone interested in protecting the "One Man, One Vote" fundamental of our democracy.

Dealing with themes that are constantly sensationalized and manipulated by the media - Left vs. Right, North vs. South, Black vs. White - "Capturing the Flag" offers instead deeply personal, often surprising perspectives on the 2016 Presidential Election and its aftermath.

The PPC is hosting a screening of this film, followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
Session Details Speakers
8:20 PM Discussion and Q&A
  1. Chris Liebig
  2. Tracy Osborn
  1. Ben Kieffer (Moderator)
  • Chris Liebig

    University of Iowa College of Law

    Chris Liebig is a Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at the University of Iowa College of Law.  After practicing law in Connecticut and Massachusetts, he earned an M.F.A. in creative writing in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has taught at the College of Law for almost twenty years.  In addition to the required first-year legal writing and analysis course, he has taught both Contracts and Election Law.  He recently completed a two-year term as an elected member of the Iowa City Community school board.

  • Tracy Osborn

    University of Iowa Department of Political Science

    Tracy Osborn is the Director of the Politics and Policy Group at the Iowa and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.  Her research focuses on women, politics, and public policy in the U.S. state legislatures and Congress, women’s political behavior, and gendered violence.  She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004 and joined the political science department at the University of Iowa in 2007.  Currently, her research examines women legislators’ partisanship and policy development in the U.S. state legislatures since 1960, public opinion toward women terrorists and terrorism policy, and antifeminist policy and women’s representation in the U.S. states.

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