During the forum we will examine the deep political divide in Wisconsin and explore whether the state can come together for the greater good.
The November election results show the cities and suburbs in Wisconsin voted in greater numbers for Democratic candidates and the rural areas came out strongly in favor of Republican candidates. This divide was even more pronounced in 2020 than it was in 2016. Why is there such a wide urban-rural divide in Wisconsin? Did the pandemic and unrest over racial justice play a role? How did partisan media and disinformation influence this divide? What needs to happen to heal the social and racial divides in Wisconsin? Can Wisconsinites agree on any issues as we try to recover from the economic and societal injuries suffered in the past year?
Two professors who have researched the political polarization in Wisconsin will help us understand where we are, how we got here, and how to move forward. Three community leaders will also weigh in on the problems and solutions. Your questions and thoughts will also be welcome during this Zoom webinar.