Histories of Democracy - A Year-long Conversation Series

Hosted by the

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University

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Amid concerns that democracy may be in danger in the U.S. and around the world, the Lepage Center took a step back to examine the origins of democracy, its applications, where it has delivered on its promises, and where it has fallen short. This event series revealed how ideas about democracy and participation have changed over time, how perspectives on democracy are more nuanced and complex than we may believe, and where this leaves us today.

 

Part 1

Monday, October 29th

American Perspectives: Promises and Shortcomings

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Speakers

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Joanne Freeman
Professor of History and American Studies,
Yale University and co-host of Backstory Radio

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Jonathan Lai
Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer covering issues of absentee ballots, gerrymandering, & digital privacy

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Allison Dorsey
Professor of History, Swarthmore College and scholar of Reconstruction & Civil Rights

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Paul Rosier
Mary M. Birle Chair in American History,
Villanova University and scholar of Native American politics & history

 

Moderated by Jason Steinhauer, Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

 

 

Part 2

Monday, November 12th

Global Perspectives: Revolutions and Empires

 

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Hibba Abugideiri
Associate Professor of History, Villanova University and scholar of Middle East history

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Melissa Feinberg
Professor of History, Rutgers University and scholar of Communism, the Cold War & human rights

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Julia Gaffield
Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University and scholar of the Haitian Revolution

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Maia Otarashvili
Deputy Director of the Eurasia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-editor of the 2017 volume Does Democracy Matter?

 

Moderated by Paul Steege, Faculty Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

 

 

Part 3

Tuesday, March 19th

How Do We Participate in Democracy?

The Power of Activism

 

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Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University and scholar of student engagement, student voice and youth organizing

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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Race, Science, and Society at University of Pennsylvania

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Executive Director and Publisher of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York

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Former vice president of news and civic dialogue at WHYY

 

Part 4

Tuesday, April 9th

How Do We Participate in Democracy?

The Power of Everyday Life

 

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Associate Professor of History at Villanova University and historian of everyday life

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Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History at University of Delaware and author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry

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Professor of History at Temple University and author of Everything But the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks

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Former vice president of news and civic dialogue at WHYY