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A Conversation on the State of Voting Rights in North Carolina and the U.S.

The goals of this forum are to: 1) bring public attention to and generate public interest in an upcoming hearing; 2) create an opportunity for scholars and community leaders to examine the state of voting rights in North Carolina; and 3) provide cultural and historical context ahead of the public hearing.

Debo Adegbile, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Juliana Cabrales, National Association of Latinx Elected Officials
Richard L. Engstrom, Faculty Affiliate, Social Science Research Institute at Duke University
Kerry Haynie, professor, Political Science, Duke University
Catherine Lhamon, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC School of Law
Moderator: Mark Anthony Neal, Chair, African and African American Studies, Duke University

On Feb. 2, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public hearing in Raleigh on voting rights obstacles in the United States. The Commission plans to address voting rights enforcement efforts after the 2006 reauthorization of the temporary provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and the impact of the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision. For more information on the hearing, visit