WATCH: Unity Project to host ‘Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie’ with co-authors Major Garrett and David Becker


The Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy will host CBS Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrettand David Becker, executive director at the Center for Election Innovation and Research, to discuss their book, The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m., in person only at the Scarritt Bennett Center at 1027 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212. 

You can stream the event here.

The Big Truth debunks the 2020 election conspiracy myth and celebrates the work done to stabilize American democracy in the face of unprecedented electoral scrutiny. Garrett and Becker’s discussion will also take a broader look at the American electoral system that our democracy hinges on, its vulnerabilities and potential looming tests in 2024 and beyond. 

This in-person discussion will be moderated by Vanderbilt Law’s Kevin Stack, who holds the Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Chair in Law. Stack writes on administrative law, regulation, separation of powers, presidential powers and the theoretical foundations of public law. He was recognized with the ABA’s 2013 Annual Scholarship Award for the best published work in administrative law for his Michigan Law Review article "Interpreting Regulations." 

About the panelists: 

Major Garrett is CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, where he reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Garrett is also the host of The Takeout, a weekly multi-platform interview show on politics, policy and pop culture, available on CBS News Streaming, top radio stations across the country and all podcast platforms. Before this appointment, Garrett served as the network’s chief White House correspondent. 

David Becker is the executive director and founder of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Election Innovation & Research, working with election officials of both parties around the country to ensure accessible, secure elections for all eligible voters. A key element of Becker’s work with CEIR is managing the Election Official Legal Defense Network, providing pro bono legal assistance to election officials who are threatened with frivolous criminal prosecution, harassment or physical violence.