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Villanova’s Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest Presents Panels on Histories of Democracy

VILLANOVA, Pa. –   Are we currently facing a crisis of democracy? The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University addresses that question with two roundtable discussions on Monday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium on Villanova’s campus. 

“Before we can diagnose the current situation, we need a better sense of what democracy has meant to different people at different times,” said Paul Steege, PhD, faculty director, Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest. “By digging into the diverse histories of democracy, in the United States and around the world, the Lepage Center offers a chance to explore the promises and shortcomings of this unfinished project.”

“Histories of Democracy Part I: Whose Democracy?” on Oct. 29. The event features:

  • Joanne Freeman, PhD, professor of History and American Studies, Yale University and co-host, BackStory radio
  • Jonathan Lai, a Philadelphia Inquirer journalist who covers issues of absentee ballots, gerrymandering and digital privacy
  • Paul Rosier, PhD, Mary M. Birle Chair in American History, Villanova University, and scholar of Native American politics and history

    Moderator: Jason Steinhauer, director, Lepage Center

“Histories of Democracy Part II: Global Perspectives” on Nov. 12. The panel features:

  • Hibba Abugideiri, PhD, associate professor of History, Villanova University, and scholar of Middle East history
  • Melissa Feinberg, PhD, professor of History, Rutgers University and scholar of communism, the Cold War and human rights
  • Julia Gaffield, PhD, assistant professor of History, Georgia State University, and scholar of the Haitian Revolution
  • Maia Otarashvili, deputy director of the Eurasian Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-editor of Does Democracy Matter? The United States and Global Democracy Support (2017).

    Moderator: Paul Steege, PhD, faculty director, Lepage Center

The events are free and open to the public. Register here.

The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest is a multifaceted resource that draws upon the past to impart lessons for the modern world. Led by Steinhauer and Dr. Steege, the Center engages the public through academic programs, research, publications and events. The center engages the public, policymakers, scholars, teachers and students from history and other fields—contributing to a more informed and engaged public. Among its greatest goals, the Lepage Center strives to have a visible and tangible impact on the way history is taught to future generations.