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Histories of Democracy – A Two-Part Conversation Series

October 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Amid concerns that democracy may be in danger in the U.S. and around the world, the Lepage Center takes a step back to examine the origins of democracy, its applications, where it has delivered on its promises, and where it has fallen short. As Americans prepare to vote in consequential midterm elections, this two-part event series will reveal how ideas about democracy and participation have changed over time, how perspectives on democracy are more nuanced and complex than we may believe, and where this leaves us today.

Livestream available here: https://tinyurl.com/vudemocracy1

A two-part conversation series hosted by the

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest

at Villanova University

Monday, October 29th

American Perspectives: Promises and Shortcomings

Driscoll Auditorium, Driscoll Hall, Villanova University (view map, bldg #15)

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Joanne Freeman
Professor of History and American Studies,
Yale University and co-host of Backstory Radio


Jonathan Lai
Journalist, Philadelphia Inquirer covering issues of absentee ballots, gerrymandering, & digital privacy


Allison Dorsey
Professor of History, Swarthmore College and scholar of Reconstruction & Civil Rights


Paul Rosier
Mary M. Birle Chair in American History,
Villanova University and scholar of Native American politics & history


October 29, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm