CANCELED: Nature, Place, Community and the Future of Democracy in America

Susan McWilliams, PhD, political science professor, Pomona College
When Apr 07, 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, Pomona College political science professor Susan McWilliams, PhD, will consider Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and how mobility affects the future of democracy in America. Tocqueville, a Frenchman, traveled deep into the Michigan backcountry during his visit to America in 1831-32. There he found people on the frontier headed west. He predicted that culture would eventually reach the Pacific and then turn around to destroy the civilization it had just built. What does the closing of the American frontier and the continuing mobility of the American people mean for democracy?

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About the Lecturer

Susan McWilliams, PhD, is a professor of politics at Pomona College. She received her B.A. in Russian and political science from Amherst College and her M.A. and PhD in politics from Princeton University. She received the Wig Distinguished Professor Award in 2009 at Pomona College and is author of Traveling Back: Political Theory in an Age of Globalization. She is also the co-editor, with Patrick Deneen, of two recently released books, The 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.