Panel Talks & Workshops

Kamala Harris: How will America’s new vice president wield her power?

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm | 18 January 2021
Online | £5

Join the Guardian’s Kenya Evelyn and a panel of experts as they explore Kamala Harris’s historic achievement—and the expectations she faces.

Harris is poised to become the first woman, the first Black and the first person of Asian descent to be inaugurated vice president of the US. As she steps into the White House, millions of voters responsible for her win are asking challenging questions: will she emerge as a brave and powerful voice for the nation’s most vulnerable? Or will her embrace of the political center limit her impact?

While voters of color turned out in record numbers to support the Biden-Harris ticket, some progressives feel conflicted about Harris’s past. As a California prosecutor, she enforced the rules of a US criminal justice system that unfairly targets minority groups.

Looking ahead to the next four years, the panel – including Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson and Guardian West Coast political reporter Maanvi Singh – will discuss the opportunities Harris will have to drive policy change and inspire a new generation of leadership, and the hopes, obstacles and anxieties that accompany her rise to vice president. Further speakers to be announced.

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Running time: 60 minutes

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Header image by: Ines and Vinoodh for elle.com

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