Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies Three Day Symposium: “How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State”

Event time: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:00am
Zoom Session See map
Event description: 

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies is pleased to host the upcoming symposium, “How Democracy Survives: The Crises of the Nation State.”

In this three-day online symposium, leading scholars and activists from around the world will explore how democratic values and institutions can evolve and adapt to the growing challenges that are now destabilizing democratic nation states, such as climate change, resurgent nationalism, ethnic and religious conflict, human rights abuses, and deepening levels of economic inequality.

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Wednesday, October 28

9:00 – 10:00 am:  Introduction and First Plenary Address

  • “The New Era of Glocalism” - Sheila Foster, The Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy, Georgetown University; Advisory Committee, Global Parliament of Mayors
  • Commentary / Q&A: Graham K. Wilson, Professor of Political Science & Director, Initiative on Cities, Boston University

10:00 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm:  Democracy and Nationality - Moderator: Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union

  • “Nationalism and Democracy” - Liah Greenfeld, Boston University
  • “India and Internationalism in the Twentieth Century” - Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College
  • “The Populist Challenge to Liberal Democracy in Europe and North America” - Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 pm:  How Democracy Survices - Moderator: Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law

  • “Democracy and the Spectacle of Consent” - Richard Samuel Deese, Boston University
  • “Constructive Nationalism Versus Anti-Democratic Globalism” - Robert Kuttner, Brandeis University
  • “Climate Change as a Unifying Force” - Michael D. Bess, Vanderbilt University
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public