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Spring 2023 Reading Group

The Crisis Facing Democracy

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam

This reading group will examine contemporary challenges facing American democracy. Each week will consider a different challenge facing American democracy. The first part of each class will feature our diagnosis of this problem, and the second part of each class will feature our prognosis of what to do about this problem moving forward. We will consider these challenges to democracy through the lens of scholars studying democracy in theory in the academy and the lens of those trying to protect democracy in practice on the ground. We will also consider these challenges facing the United States from a global perspective, considering how similar challenges have arisen and been considered in other countries.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/27, 4/10.