OSHER@Dartmouth's 2018 Summer Lecture Series
For the twenty-first year in a row, OSHER@Darthmouth begins its Summer Lecture Series in Spaulding Auditorium, in Hanover, NH, on Thursday, July 12, at 9:00 AM. The general topic for this year’s series is Our Divided Country: How to Find Common Ground.
speaker, Steven Levitsky, Ph.D., is the co-author of the best-selling book How Democracies Die. Quoting from their
book, Levitsky and his co-author Daniel Ziblatt are both professors of
government at Harvard University and they address a question that most
Americans never thought they would have to ask: Is our democracy in danger?
Together they have spent over twenty years studying the breakdown of
democracies in both Europe and Latin America and they believe that the answer
is, "Yes." Democracy no longer ends with a bang – in a revolution or military coup
– but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such
as the judiciary and the press and the gradual erosion of long-standing
political norms. The good news is that there are several exit ramps on the road
to authoritarianism. The bad news is that, by electing Donald Trump, we have
already passed the first one.
Professor Levitsky’s lecture is open to the general public. Tickets are $25.00 at the door. For more information on this lecture and the entire six-lecture series go to osher.dartmouth.edu or call (603) 646-0154.