McConnell Center spring talks to focus on future of democracy in America
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The University of Louisville’s McConnell Center will offer four free, public talks this spring in a series called “The Future of Democracy in America.” All of the one-hour talks will begin at 6 p.m. in Ekstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium.
The series is inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville’s book, “Democracy in America.” Tocqueville traveled across the United States in the 1830s, documenting his observations of the nation’s people and America’s experiment with democratic self-government.
“Many would say Tocqueville’s work is unrivaled, and we hope that now, more than 180 years later, Tocqueville’s work will help us understand what our future might look like in terms of political institutions, religion and communities,” said Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center.
Topics and speakers and dates are:
- “Politicians, Parties and the Press: Political Institutions and the Future of Democracy in America,” Jasmine Farrier, political science professor, University of Louisville, Jan. 27.
- “God and Country: Religion and the Future of Democracy in America,” Patrick Deneen, political science professor, University of Notre Dame, Feb. 17.
- “Tocqueville’s Conundrum: Community, Self-Interest and the Future of Democracy in America,” Barbara Elliott, liberal studies professor, Houston Baptist University, March 3.
- “Nature, Place, Community and the Future of Democracy in America,” Susan McWilliams, political science professor, Pomona College, April 7.
The non-partisan McConnell Center, created at UofL in 1991, prepares Kentucky’s top college undergraduate students to become leaders and offers civic education programs for teachers, students and the general public.