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Past Event

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, among others. 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.

Professor 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.


This is a free, online-only program; pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream program.

This program is part of The Commonwealth Club’s Future of Democracy Series, supported by Betsy and Roy Eisenhardt.

Future of Democracy Series

December 9, 2020

United States

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David Kennedy
Ph.D., Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University; Author, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945
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Roy Eisenhardt
Lecturer, University of California Berkeley School of Law—Moderator

noon–1 p.m. (Pacific Time) program