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OLLI/Winter Lecture Series: The Fragile Future of Democracy

Date: Time: 9:00 am–2:30 pm
Nebraska East Union
Additional Info: NEU
Registration for this event begins August 17, 2021.

In the early 1990’s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a widespread view in the United States that liberal or constitutional democracy had a bright future. The civil and political rights, which are the foundations of liberal democracy, looked firm. The United States and its democratic allies had won the Cold War, and American democracy in particular looked stable with apparently tolerable levels of inequality and continuing upward mobility along with steady overall economic growth.

In recent years, however, American democracy has undergone a number of threats and challenges. It now looks rather fragile in many ways. Disturbing trends in the United States may be replicated abroad in other formerly liberal democratic countries such as Hungary, Poland, and elsewhere. The respected think tank Freedom House has recorded fifteen consecutive years of declining protection of civil and political rights around the world. Many view liberal democracy as an endangered species.

Speakers
- John Hibbing, professor, Political Science, UNL
- Patricia Davis, director, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), Global Programs, U. S. Department of State, New Alexandria, VA
- Zoltan Barany, professor, Government, University of Texas, Austin, TX
- David Forsythe, professor emeritus in Political Science at UNL (moderator)

Open to the public.
Offering in-person and live stream on Zoom.
Registration is required.

Event Day and Date: Sat, Oct 23
Registration Deadline: Fri, Oct 15
Time: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Register for only one session.

In-person
Location: UNL East Campus Union, Great Plains Room. No Parking Permit is required.
Enrollment Limit: 250
Cost: $20 includes cost of lunch and symposium.

Please contact the OLLI office if you have specific dietary restrictions.

Zoom Live Stream
Enrollment Limit: 100
Cost: $15

Cancellation after the registration deadline will be non-refundable.

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