OSHER at Dartmouth Summer Series: "Our Divided Country"
Professor of Government, Harvard
Single Session Ticket: $25 (Click on the specific date below to register or pay at the door)
Dartmouth College Students, Staff, Faculty: Present your Dartmouth College ID on the day of a lecture for free admission.
America's democracy has been a beacon for the world for many years. But now it is facing perhaps its biggest challenge — a perfect storm consisting of extreme domestic polarization on key issues, incivility, and government dysfunction; the weakening of our media, our judiciary, and our political norms; and widening social, economic, and educational inequality. Harvard professor Steve Levitsky has studied the actual breakdown of democracies throughout the world and now directs his attention to America's democracy. Is it in danger? How can it be saved?
Steve Levitsky is Professor of Government at Harvard with a focus on political parties, authoritarianism, and democratization. Prior to that he was Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame's Kellogg Center for International Studies. He has written numerous articles and books. His most defining book, How Democracies Die, concludes that the biggest challenge America faces today is extreme polarizing incivility that pervades and threatens the basic and objective functioning of our government, media, and judiciary. In his lecture he will also explain how he feels our American democracy — despite severe challenges today — can be saved. After his lecture he will sign copies of his book.
It has been said that, "a house divided against itself cannot stand" (Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. These growing divides are supercharged today by instant Internet and social media communications, 24/7 cable news, blatantly partisan media which attract and inflame like-minded viewers, body cams, viral smartphone videos, and the denigration of some American traditions.
Each of the six prominent speakers will frame the key issues of the series, probe challenges to finding common ground, and provide insights on how to most constructively unite America to solve them.OSHER @ Dartmouth Summer Series
- Start:July 12, 2018 Time: 12:00 AM
- End:July 12, 2018 Time: 12:05 AM
- Where:Spaulding Auditorium, 12 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH, USA, 03755
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