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Past Event

Mettler and Lieberman: Four Threats to Our Democracy

Join us virtually for a conversation with Professors Mettler and Lieberman about the social trends that have often threatened our democracy.

They have identified four major threats: political polarization, racism and nativism, economic inequality, and excessive executive power. And they have drawn lessons from five serious crises: the 1790s, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, the Depression, and Watergate. Each of these crises could have profoundly―even fatally―damaged the American democratic experiment. But what is most alarming now is that all four threats exist simultaneously―in the midst of a viral pandemic. This convergence could be cause for despair, but history provides valuable lessons about how democracy was eventually strengthened―or weakened―in the past.

By revisiting how earlier generations of Americans faced similar threats to our constitutional principles, we can see more clearly what led us to today, and then chart a path toward repairing our civic fabric and renewing our democracy.

MLF Organizer
George Hammond

MLF: Humanities

Lieberman photo by Will Kirk; Mettler photo by Tony Rinaldo

This is a free, online-only program; donations are welcome during the registration process; pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream video

You can order a copy of Mettler and Lieberman's book during registration (U.S. domestic addresses only)

September 1, 2020

United States

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Suzanne Mettler
John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Government Department, Cornell University; Co-Author, Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy
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Robert Lieberman
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University; Co-Author, Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy
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In Conversation With George Hammond
Author, Conversations With Socrates

3:30–4:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) program