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Past Event

Historian David Kennedy: The Future of Democracy in America

David Kennedy is one of America’s preeminent historians, having been awarded both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes. His scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analysis with social and political history and for its attention to the concept of the American national character.

Kennedy is the inaugural speaker in the Club’s new series, “The Future of Democracy.” This series will explore challenges and threats to democracy in the United States, drawing on historical evidence and relating it to the current political and social landscape. Come for an engaging discussion of America’s past and current leaders and what they may portend for the direction of the country.


Part of The Commonwealth Club’s Future of Democracy Series, supported by Betsy and Roy Eisenhardt

April 28, 2020

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
United States

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David Kennedy

Donald J. McLachlan Professor Emeritus of History, Stanford University; Contributor to The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and The Atlantic; Author, Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger; Over Here: The First World War and American Society; Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945


5:30 p.m. check-in
6:30 p.m. program