On June 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, The Hill newspaper will be sponsoring a roundtable on “Voting in America” at the Library of Congress. The event will be moderated by Jeffrey Toobin. Participants include Amb. Andrew Young, John Fund, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Abigail Thernstrom, Ilya Shapiro, Michael Kazin, and others, including myself. I will probably be speaking on issues related to my book Democracy and Political Ignorance.
The event is open to the public. Registration and other details here.
Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter (Stanford University Press, 2013), and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Somin has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the University of Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before joining the faculty at George Mason, Somin was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University Law School in 2002-2003. In 2001-2002, he clerked for the Hon. Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Professor Somin earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.