James R. Langevin Symposium

No Time to Fail: A Screening and Discussion About the American Electoral Process

The event will include a screening of the No Time to Fail documentary about Rhode Island election administrators during the 2020 presidential election and a panel discussion on the current state of the American and Rhode Island electoral process. Panelists include the filmmaker, Rhode Island election administrators who appeared in the film, the League of Women Voters, faculty, and students.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Department of Political Science, and URI VOTES.

Please join us for the latest installment of the James R. Langevin Symposium Series at the University of Rhode Island. Registration required.


The Honorable James R. Langevin served as a member of Congress from 2001 to 2023, representing Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District. A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he served his entire tenure in Congress, Langevin was chair of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, later called the Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems Subcommittee, a post he held starting in 2011. An expert on national security, Langevin helped shape the focus of the Department of Defense, paving the way for a heightened emphasis on harnessing emerging technologies. In 2003, he was a founding member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. An expert in cybersecurity policy, he founded and co-chaired the House Cybersecurity Caucus and served on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th presidency. Langevin was recently appointed to and serves on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, created by Congress to develop an overarching strategy to protect the country against cyberattacks of significant consequence.

Margo Guernsey, Director and Producer, Time Travel Productions

Kathy Placencia, Director of Elections, Rhode Island Department of State

Nick Lima, Registrar and Director of Elections, City of Cranston

Christine Martone, President, South County Chapter of the Rhode Island League of Women Voters

Gretchen Macht, Director, URI Voter Operations and Election Systems (URI VOTES), and Associate Professor, URI College of Engineering

Joseph Cartier ’25 and Delaney Sullivan ’25, URI Political Science Undergraduates

The James R. Langevin Symposium Series is a biannual event hosted by the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences to explore the topics of national security and U.S. civics and democracy.

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