Levin Family Dean's Forum

About the Levin Family Dean’s Forum

The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his son Eric T. Levin, C’92.

Upcoming events in this series:

Mar
21

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Mugmabi JouetAmerican Exceptionalism: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street

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Why has modern America become so polarized?

Mugambi Jouet's thought-provoking 2017 book, Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other, traces these social changes to "American exceptionalism," a storied idea that is widely misunderstood as American superiority. It has instead meant that American society is an exception compared to other nations due to unique dimensions of its history, politics, law, culture, religious beliefs, economic attitudes, and race relations. While exceptionalism once was a source of strength, it may also be an Achilles heel. Modern-day Americans are likelier than other Westerners to clash over a host of fundamental issues, from mass incarceration to universal health care, reproductive rights, climate change, and beyond.

An expert on American government, politics, and culture, Mugambi Jouet is a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School. He has been interviewed by the media many times, including on National Public Radio, C-SPAN, and international outlets. A global citizen who was raised in Paris and has lived in France, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherland and the United States, Jouet has traveled extensively internationally. 

The Levin Family Dean's Forum is a celebration of the arts and sciences. Initiated in 1984, the Forum presents leading intellectual figures who exemplify the richness of the liberal arts. It also recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for their academic achievement and intellectual promise. The Levin Family Dean’s Forum is made possible by a generous gift from Stephen A. Levin, C’67, in honor of his sons Eric T. Levin, C'92, and Andrew Levin, C'14.

Free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.