LWV 2019 Regional Conference

LWV 2019 Regional Conference

Advancing Civility in a Diverse New England, LWV Regional Conference April 6-7 2019


York County Community College, Wells, Main
112 College Drive
Wells Maine
Maine US
Saturday, April 6, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, April 7, 2019 (All day)

State League leaders from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have developed a dynamic agenda for 2019 that is sure to address the most compelling issues of the year.

Registration is Open



  • Make your own hotel reservation at Hampton Inn & Suites, 900 Post Road, Wells, Maine 04090 (207-646-0555). Be sure to say you are with the League of Women Voters and the room rate will be $99 plus tax. Find a roommate to share, and the cost will be around $50 per person. Our block of rooms will be held until March 31, but the rate will be in effect until the event. 
  • Breakfast is included in the room rate. Saturday lunch is included in your registration fee. Saturday evening, we will have dinner in small groups at your own expense at area restaurants. Sign up at the registration table.

Planned Program

Click over to LWV of Maine for the more detailed agenda


Friday April 5

Optional Dinner out and socializing with other early arrivals

Saturday April 6

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Thomas, Tufts University,

will speak about voting behaviors, patterns, and reasons for political inactivity, specifically, what populations did not vote in 2016? Why did people not vote? What will motivate people to vote in future elections? What are the tangible and psychological barriers to voting? What was different in 2018 than in previous years?

Workshop: Susan Clark, author of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home,

will conduct a training session on how to communicate across the divide.

Panel presentation:What does diversity look like in New England?

We know that gender/race/ethnic/ generational differences influence our democracy. We will take an in-depth look at three other factors: Economic inequality; Rural/urban; and Education and literacy

Break out sessions

Further discussion about these issues will give participants a chance to dig deeper into the questions of what impact these factors have in our work in empowering voters and defending democracy.

Sunday April 7

State by state discussion

Takeaways from Saturday: What can we do to cross the divide? How does this shape leadership for the League moving forward?

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