Democracy in America: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going
Austin Sarat / Amherst College – $89 for the 3 class series.
Each class will be presented from 11:00am – 12:15pm
Saturday, April 10: Part 1
Saturday, April 17: Part 2
Saturday, April 24: Part 3
A link for viewing will be sent to you 1 day before the first class.
Signs that American democracy is in trouble are all around us. From
decreasing public support for democratic principles to partisan
“tribalism,” and blind allegiance to one belief or another. From the
January 6 attack on the Capitol to the widespread belief that the
presidential election was “stolen,” our once proud democratic
traditions are in tatters. This course will look closely at our
current situation and examine the factors that have contributed to
this situation — economic inequality, racial discrimination,
governmental gridlock, and the rise of partisan media.We will also
examine the unique American history that both produced and limited
America’s brand of democratic politics and consider what virtues and
values democracy presupposes and cultivates. The course will conclude
with a focus on how we can rescue and reform democracy and refresh it
for the 21st century.