Amid concerns that democracy may be in danger in the U.S. and around the world, the Lepage Center takes a step back to examine the origins of democracy, its applications, where it has delivered on its promises, and where it has fallen short. Coincident with the midterm elections, this two-part event series will reveal 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.
Professor of History and American Studies,
Yale University and co-host of Backstory Radio
Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer covering issues of absentee ballots, gerrymandering, & digital privacy
Professor of History, Swarthmore College and scholar of Reconstruction & Civil Rights
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
Associate Professor of History, Villanova University and scholar of Middle East history
Professor of History, Rutgers University and scholar of Communism, the Cold War & human rights
Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University and scholar of the Haitian Revolution
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