Making Democracy Work

Calendar of Events

We sponsor meetings and events for the public and League members. This calendar includes our own meetings as well as community events which may be of particular interest to our membership.

2017-2018 Schedule

We follow the academic calendar and have at least one activity per month from August to May. We do not meet in December.

For the 2017-2018 calendar, membership meetings will generally be held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, however, due to availability of speakers or facilities, there may be some variance in that schedule.

Check back often for updates as we further confirm speakers and activities.

Date & Time        Place        Description
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:00 PM Social; 6:30 Meeting Start
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Gerrymandering: How an American Legacy Affects Tennessee Today - General Membership Meeting, Public Invited. Gerrymandering, the practice of redistricting to give political advantage to a particular candidate or party, is an old practice that's been expanded in recent years with the help of technology. Arguably one of the biggest challenges to democracy, it affects our state and middle Tennessee in particular. Join us as state Senator Jeff Yarbro explains the history and recent trends of gerrymandering as well as current Supreme Court challenges and reform efforts.

The public is invited. PLEASE NOTE: Social time begins at 6:00 with refreshments; our program starts at 6:30.

Share our event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/553250105024518

Parking at the Heritage Center is free; after business hours you can also park across the street in the Pinnacle parking lot. Please note that several downtown streets are closed or congested due to area construction - so give yourself an extra few minutes.

Jeff Yarbro grew up in Dyersburg, a small town in northwest Tennessee. He graduated Harvard University with a degree in Government and attended law school at the University of Virginia, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review. Elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2014, Yarbro represents over 200,000 Nashvillians in the legislature. In his first term, he was elected Chair of the Senate's Democratic Caucus. He has served on the Senate's committees for Health & Welfare, Transportation & Safety, and State & Local Government, as well as the Senate Rules Committee. He also represents the Senate as a member of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Senator Yarbro shared this presentation with a meeting of the state League earlier this year, so we know you're going to find it engaging and informative.

Image: http://wolcottapusgovpol.blogspot.com/2015/02/proportional-gerrymandering_71.html

More reading:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/29/magazine/the-new-front-in-the-gerrymandering-wars-democracy-vs-math.html?mcubz=0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/05/15/americas-most-gerrymandered-congressional-districts/?utm_term=.a27afb983efa

http://www.columbiadailyherald.com/opinion/20170510/solution-to-partisan-gerrymandering

Friday, September 15, 2017
1:00-4:00 PM
East Side, Rutherford County Courthouse
20 N. Public Square
Murfreesboro
Celebrate Constitution Day in Downtown Murfreesboro. The public is invited to a celebration of Constitution Day on the east side of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Friday, 9/15. Come to listen or to take a turn reading the Constitution aloud - a large print version will be available. Stay for a few minutes or the entire time. Sponsored by the Rutherford & Cannon County Bar Association.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2:30-4:00 PM
Tennessee Room, James Union Building
MTSU Campus
MTSU Celebrates Constitution Day with Panel Discussion: "The Constitutional Role of an Independent Judiciary in a Democracy". The federal and state judges and justices who will be on the panel include:

Martha Craig Daughtrey, Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit and former Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court. The first woman ever on the VU Law faculty, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Curtis Collier, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee.

Alberto Gonzales, Dean of Belmont University's College of Law, former Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and former U.S. Attorney General.

Gary Wade, Vice President and Dean of Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law and former Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Penny White, E.E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, and Interim Director of Clinical Programs, University of Tennessee's College of Law and former Justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Moderator Keel Hunt is a Tennessean columnist; the author of COUP, a political history about the 1979 ouster of Governor Ray Blanton; and a member of the Board of Visitors of the MTSU Honors College.

Open to the public. For more information, refer to the MTSU American Democracy Project at https://www.mtsu.edu/amerdem/

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:00 PM Social; 6:30 Program Start
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Membership Meeting. Program details forthcoming.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
6:00 PM Social; 6:30 Program Start
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Membership Meeting. Program details forthcoming.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:15 PM
Heritage Center
225 W College St
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
LWV Board Meeting. Agenda will be sent to board members by email.