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The Inner and Outer Work of Democracy

12:00 pm–1:15 pm
McCollum Hall Room: 111
1875 N 42nd St
Lincoln NE 68503
Additional Info: LAW
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As part of the Law & Democracy Series, Preeta Bansal, senior global executive and lawyer whose career has been at the intersection of law, public policy, government, academia and global business, will discuss “The Inner and Outer Work of Democracy.”

Description: On the last day of the American Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin famously responded to a woman who asked whether we had a monarchy or a republic: “A republic, if you can keep it.” He touched upon the reality that behind every iconic but nascent institution in America, behind every political value, there was an “inward work” of conscience behind it; every hard-won right had a corresponding responsibility. As democracies are struggling around the world, it’s easy to focus on outer, constitutional structures alone and to forget that freedom is ultimately an inside job, requiring certain cultivated habits of the heart and mind. Please join Preeta Bansal for a conversation and an interactive exercise about the “inward work” of democracy - the conscience that shaped the American constitutional experiment and that may help us reinvigorate it anew.

This lecture is part of Nebraska Law’s Law and Democracy Series, provided by generous support from Barb and Ron Schaefer.

This program has been approved for for 1.0 continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.

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