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The Difficulty of Democracy

Ethics & Public Life

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life promotes interdisciplinary learning about morally central questions concerning public policies and social, political and economic processes.


"The Difficulty of Democracy: Challenges and Prospects"

In Spring 2018, EPL is presenting public lectures, followed by discussion, by six eminent visitors addressing challenges to democracy in the US and abroad.

Feb. 9: Paul Pierson (Political Science, Berkeley) on the risk of "democratic backsliding"  in the US

Feb. 26: Nicholas Carnes (Political Science, Duke) on class and governance in the US

March 12: Cheng Li (Brookings) on prospects for democracy in China

CANCELLED March 26: Michael Dawson (Political Science, Chicago) on African-American political identities and political change

April 16: Atul Kohli (Politics, Princeton) on prospects and problems of democracy in India

April 30: Arlie Hochschild (Sociology, Berkeley) on the political alienation of white rural Americans

All lectures are in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall. They will be on Mondays, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, except for the first, on a Friday, 3 - 4:30 pm.

Videos of these lectures will be available here.

Videos of lectures from previous EPL series, including last year's series on the presidential election, are available here.

Online Videos by EPL: "Where is China Headed?"

Beginning an innovative online presence, the Program on Ethics and Public Life has created "Where Is China Headed?", a free online series on facts and controversies with leading China scholars: