Protecting Democracy and Securing Our Elections


October 18, 2021 - 12:30pm

Please join Pitt Cyber and the Institute of Politics for a special hybrid event featuring Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in conversation with Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton. Secretary Benson and Director Hickton will discuss state-level approaches to election security, accessibility, and preparations for the 2022 elections – and what it means for American democracy.

The event will be held in a hybrid format. To attend virtually via Zoom, please register here

There is limited in-person seating available in the Gold Room at the University Club. To attend the event in person, sign-up here. If registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted if/when a spot becomes available.  All in-person attendees are required to follow the University's COVID-19 Standards and Guidelines. Boxed lunches will be available at the end of the event. 

Please submit questions for Secretary Benson and/or Director Hickton ahead of time by emailing

Location and Address

University Club | Gold Room (second floor)

123 University Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Event category

Pitt Cyber Related Events

Speaker Information

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. 

Prior to her election, she served as CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit organization using the unifying power of sports to improve race relations.

Benson is co-founder and former president of Military Spouses of Michigan, a network dedicated to providing support and services to military spouses and their children.

Pitt Cyber Founding Director David Hickton

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