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The Great Experiment: Questioning Democracy

Feb 8—May 17, 2018

A Seminar Series with BAM and Think Olio

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Tue Jan 02
General Public

BAM partners with New York pop-up lecture outfit Think Olio for a new seminar series that freshly examines the tensions inherent in our government since its founding and the two main pillars, the Greek demos (“people”) and kratos (“power”), at its foundation. In this particular political moment when fractures in our democracy and the challenges posed to it become ever more urgent, The Great Experiment: Questioning Democracy is a call to grapple with some of the compromises necessary to make democracy function as a realistic form of government—while also addressing the areas where democracy can and needs to move closer to its professed ideals.

Seminars are open to all curious people, regardless of educational background. The format of each seminar comprises three 15-minute lectures, followed by discussion and text analysis with a professor.

Democracy Without Truth
Democracy Without Truth

We investigate our current pragmatic conception of truth in democracy.

Thu, Feb 8, 2018
Radical Prescription for Democracy
Radical Prescription for Democracy

We look at Foucault to study the relationship between democracy and freedom.

Thu, Mar 15, 2018
Think Olio Series
Democracy By Who? For Whom?

We look at moments in US history when the country failed on its promise of inalienable rights.

Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Radical Prescription for Democracy
Democracy Reinvented?

We examine Thomas Jefferson's radical view of democracy and its contemporary implications.

Thu, May 17, 2018