CANCELED - TALK: Tocqueville's Conundrum: Community, Self-Interest and the Future of Democracy in America

Barbara Elliott, Houston Baptist University honors college professor
When Mar 03, 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, Houston Baptist University professor Barbara Elliott will consider Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and the tension between self- and community interest. Tocqueville found that community organizations, local governments and volunteerism are key forces in America's ability to be both free and democratic. Today, however, we increasingly lament the decline of local institutions. Elliott will consider what this trend may portend for the future of democracy in America.

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

About the Lecturer

Barbara Elliott is the founder of the Center for Cultural Renewal, a resource center she founded for faith-based organizations working to renew American cities. She is also the founder of the WorkFaith Connection, helping homeless and poor people find jobs. Elliott is a professor in the honors college at Houston Baptist University and is the author of five books based on interviews with ministry and civic leaders across the country. President George W. Bush awarded Elliott the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights in 2001, and she collaborated with the Bush White House for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the Compassion Capital Fund. Elliott served President Ronald Reagan in the White House Office of Public Liaison, was the Director of Legislative Information for The Heritage Foundation, and served as the director of the Center for Constructive Alternatives at Hillsdale College.

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.