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March 29, 7:00 PMFree
In light of the turbulent 2016 presidential elections, as well as a broad array of other on-going transformations, many ponder the soundness of what Alexander Hamilton dubbed our “grand experiment.” Are citizen’s sovereign or largely powerless? Can future generations redeem a government of, by, and for the people?
The 2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate will offer a wide-ranging and vibrant conversation about the democratic character of the United States in the 21st century. Panelists include Benjamin Page, Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University and author of Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It (forthcoming); Roslyn Fuller, scholar and author of Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed Its Meaning and Lost Its Purpose (2015); and Peter Levine, associate dean and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tufts University and author of We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (2013).
The debate will be moderated by Joseph R. Reisert, Harriet S. Wiswell and George C. Wiswell Jr. Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law, and is sponsored by the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.