Americans have voted in perhaps the most consequential presidential election in modern U.S. history. As of Saturday, Nov. 7, Democrat Joe Biden had exceeded the 270 electoral votes needed to win the U.S. presidency. Final tallies remain underway. Regardless of the outcome, the United States is at a crossroads on several major fronts. We talked to four UC Berkeley faculty members about the key election issues that intersect with their areas of expertise: Racial justice, the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and the ideological balance of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In these four short videos, Berkeley experts present their opinions on how the next U.S. administration should address these critical problems facing the nation.
Prudence Carter, Dean of the School of Education, tells us how the next government should end the nation’s persistent racial injustices, with a particular focus on education. (Video by Roxanne Makasdjian)
John Swartzberg, MD, clinical professor emeritus of public health, gives his prescription for how the next president should remedy the COVID crisis. (Video by Roxanne Makasdjian)
Patrick Gonzalez, Associate Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, tells us how the next administration should approach climate change and forest management to scale back ever-intensifying wildfires. (Video by Roxanne Makasdjian)
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of BerkeleyLaw, discusses how the structure of the Supreme Court must change to bring about more balance and fairness. (Video by Roxanne Makasdjian)