TALK: God and Country–Religion and the Future of Democracy in America

Patrick Deneen, PhD, political science professor, University of Notre Dame
When Feb 17, 2014
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville
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Contact Phone 502-852-8811
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In this McConnell Center lecture, political science professor Patrick Deneen, PhD, will consider Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and how religion affects the future of democracy in America. While some political thinkers consider religion problematic for a democratic society, Tocqueville believed that America's religious sentiments were a key force in the success and stability of democracy. What do current trends in religious attitudes mean for the future of democracy in America?

This discussion marks the second of four events in the McConnell Center's 2014 "Future of Democracy in American" public lecture series.

About the Lecturer

Patrick Deneen, PhD, is the David A. Potenziani Memorial Associate Professor of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He previously taught at Georgetown University and Princeton University and worked as a speechwriter and special advisor to the director of the United States Information Agency. Deneen's research and teaching includes the history of political philosophy, democratic theory, religion and politics, and literature in politics. Deneen is the author of The Odyssey of Political Theory and Democratic Faith and editor of Democracy's LiteratureThe Democratic Soul and Redeeming Democracy in America.

Event Location

The event will be held in Chao Auditorium, located on the lower level of the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library (link includes parking information).

About the McConnell Center

The non-partisan McConnell Center offers this event to the public free of charge. The Center's public lecture series was established to assist Kentucky citizens develop a better understanding of the American Constitution and American history and to encourage open and free discussion of perennial concerns that inform contemporary politics.