Polarization: ‘What’s Ailing Democracy?’

The fourth installment of the “Polarization: A Civic Crisis” series explores “What’s Ailing Liberal Democracy: What Tocqueville Can Still Teach Us” with panelists Paul Rahe (Hillsdale College), Patrick Deneen (University of Notre Dame), Joshua Mitchell (Georgetown University) and Cheryl Welch (Harvard University). Liberal democracy finds itself in poor health in the first decades of the 21st century. The rise of populism, decaying social cohesion, threats to free speech and anti-immigrant sentiment have raised questions about the future.

About the Speaker

Patrick J. Deneen is a professor of political science and holds the David A. Potenziani Memorial Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty of Notre Dame in 2012, he taught at Princeton University (1997-2005) and Georgetown University (2005-2012).

About the Series

The polarized and compartmentalized intellectual climate on American campuses both mirrors and contributes to similar maladies in American civic life.

To examine the problem and begin to discuss possible solutions both at the level of the campus and society, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, together with its partners in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is hosting a lecture series and conference, Polarization and Civil Disagreement: Confronting America’s Civic Crisis.

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