The Electoral College: Should It Stay Or Should It Go? Film & Training
This interactive presentation will explore the origins of the Electoral College, how it works and why we continue to use it to elect the national president. I will present data and clips from my documentary film project Outdated Democracy: A 21st Century Civics Lesson. This presentation is designed to maximize audience participation.
SATURDAY November 4th - 09:00am - 10:15am
"Lisa Elaine Scott is a writer, mediator and independent filmmaker. She received an undergraduate degree in secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from California State University, Dominquez Hills. After 10 years as a social studies teacher, Lisa and her two kids moved to Los Angeles where she began her TV/Film career. She spent several years learning the post-production ropes at E! Entertainment Television and then moved on to become a film and video projectionist at the American Film Institute. In 1999, Lisa directed The Ultimate Song, a 30-minute documentary about the musician’s role in the struggle to end poverty. The video was featured at Farm Aid and screened at the South by Southwest Media Festival. After learning that “The Golden State” was handing out life sentences for drug possession and shoplifting, Lisa began what would turn out to be a decade-long commitment to amend California’s three strikes law. After several years in the movement, Lisa became convinced that the world needed to better understand California’s unique brand of mass incarceration. She interviewed activists, criminal justice experts, and those directly affected by the law – third strikers and their families. The video, Under Three Strikes, was released in 2004 and has been screened up and down the state of California, around the country and throughout the world. While writing for the Irish Herald, Music Connection, and various internet publications, Lisa became aware of the plight of Pamela Martinez who had been released from prison after serving seven years for stealing a $30 toolbox. After two years of freedom, Attorney General Bill Lockyer determined that Martinez had been released from prison early and ordered her to return to prison to serve 65 days. Determined to stop this gross injustice, Lisa waged an international media campaign in defense of Martinez. The story quickly took off and was covered by CNN, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, and People magazine. As interest and concern grew, the story appeared in local and regional newspapers throughout the US and the world. Unable to ignore the groundswell of support created by the media spotlight, Governor Schwarzenegger granted clemency, and Pamela Martinez remained a free woman. In 2010, Lisa decided to pursue a degree in conflict resolution. In an attempt to better understand the effects of conflict, the possibilities for peace, and the avenues that lead to post-conflict reconciliation, Lisa made numerous trips to Northern Ireland to study and document the aftermath of the conflict and the on-going peace process. She has written articles and produced radio segments about the Northern Ireland peace process and continues to follow the post-conflict progress and incorporate the lessons learned into her peace building work at home. When Lisa isn’t working on OutdatedDemocracy, she spends her time writing and providing conflict resolution services."