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"Democracy in Trouble?" Series

Co-Sponsors: Perry World House, Fels Institute of Government, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, Department of Russian and East European Studies, Marginalized Populations Project, Department of Political Science, Department of Africana Studies, Center for Media at Risk

DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?,The Mitchell Center's 2018-19 Speakers Series, is driven by a growing sense that democratic governance is under siege around the world.  New democracies such as Poland and Hungary are reverting to authoritarian practices.  Voters throughout the West – and elsewhere – have shown a willingness to jettison democratic institutions and norms to pursue the narrow interests of national, linguistic, or religious groups.  Commitment to democracy has waned in particular among young people. The United States and other countries have witnessed demagogic attacks on the media, the courts, and an array of perceived internal enemies.  “Democracy in Trouble?” seeks to both examine and counter these trends with wide-ranging discussions that reach our entire campus community and beyond.

How Should Citizens Resist Authoritarian Rule? (Farida Nabourema, Jeb Bush)

Thu. April 25, 4:00pm

World Forum, Perry World House (3803 Locust Walk) Map / Accessibility
Co-sponsors: Perry World House and Africana Studies at Penn

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IS IT TIME FOR AMERICANS TO DRAW INSPIRATION from movements against authoritarianism that have emerged around the world in places such as Togo – or rather, should we strive for a politics of civility and accommodation to forestall a slide into crisis and, in consequence, the very authoritarianism we fear?

Farida Nabourema, Togolese Activist and Blogger
Jeb Bush, Former Florida Governor and Penn Presidential Professor of Practice

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