As we look to the last week of classes of this extraordinary Fall semester, we also look to the series of the events that will formalize the results of the 2020 election process: the safe harbor date for certification of each state's election outcomes on December 8, electors casting their ballots in the electoral college on December 14, and a joint session of the House and Senate to formally count the electoral college ballots on January 6.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris continue to announce nominations for cabinet positions and their staffs, forming one of the most diverse administrations in our history. This week's Community Conversation "President-elect Biden's Cabinet Nominees: Implications for Economic and Foreign Policy" will focus on the cabinet nominations of Janet Yellen for Secretary of Treasury, the first woman to hold that post; Anthony Blinken for Secretary of State; and Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor. What do these nominations signal about the trajectory of the incoming administration? Join two U-M experts, Linda Tesar, Professor of Economics, and Ambassador Susan D. Page, Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy at the Ford School and Professor of Practice at the Law School, on December 10, at 5:30 p.m. for an engaging and insightful conversation about the challenges and paths that lie ahead.
We've all heard the phrase closely associated with former Speaker of the House Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill: "all politics is local." We would like to highlight the unveiling of an extraordinary resource, The functioning of democracy at the local level: a compendium of findings from the Michigan Public Policy Survey of local leaders, a compendium of 12 years of Michigan local government leaders' views on democracy and democratic governance produced by the Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.
This will be the last of our Election 2020 in Context newsletters until January. With the semester winding down, we will pause the newsletter until the beginning of Winter term 2021, which coincides with Inauguration Day on January 20. The Theme Semester will offer a host of programming around the Inauguration.
In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of the many recorded sessions and engagement opportunities from this past semester. From the federal deficit to voting rights, the role of the arts in democracy to the role of the courts, the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester has explored a breadth of topics in collaboration with partners across the university. You may also want to explore activities that you can share with your family, such as the Michigan Minds podcast series or the Dialogue Deck: A Conversation Exercise for Political Reflection, drawn from UMMA's collection, as well as our collection of student and faculty resources.
We wish all of you safe and peaceful holidays.