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ONLINE – Debating Democracy, Then and Now: Reflections on a Contested Concept

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Debating Democracy, Then and Now: Reflections on a Contested Concept

$10 | 1:00-2:30 pm CST

Even in a highly polarized era, many Americans agree that democracy is the essence of the American experience; they just can’t agree on what democracy is. Join the Minnesota Humanities Center for a facilitated panel discussion surrounding major debates, disagreements, and practices which have animated democracy from colonial times to the present. Reflect on what democracy means to you and who it is for, as these experts on history, philosophy, and institutions of self-government discuss their insights. Engage with panelists and fellow participants by asking questions and sharing thoughts in a communal chat box.

Featured Panelists

Tadd JohnsonSenior Director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations. University of Minnesota
James T. KloppenbergCharles Warren Professor of History, Harvard University
Michele M. Moody-AdamsJoseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory, Columbia University


Registration Questions: registrations@mnhum.org | MHC Cancellation Policy



Made possible through support from the Why it Matters Initiative in Civic and Electoral Participation, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Brian Silver

Author: Brian Silver


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