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

Event time: 
Thursday, October 29, 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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Thursday, October 29

9:00 – 10:00 am: Second Plenary Address

  • “People Power & Its Limits” - James E. Miller, Professor of Liberal Studies and Politics, and Faculty Director of Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism, The New School for Social Research
  • Commentary / Q&A: Camila Vergara, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Columbia Law School

10:00 – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm:  The Evolution of Democratic Federalism - Moderator: Naomi Mezey, Georgetown University Law School

  • “The Federalist Wager on Organizing the World through Democracy” - Tiziana Stella, Streit Council for a Union of Democracies
  • “Is Social Europe Possible Beyond the Nation State?” - Philomila Tsoukala, Georgetown University Law School
  • “The Other American Dream: Human Rights and the One World Order” - Michael Holm, Boston University

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Keynote Address in Conjunction with the Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series

  • “The Great Experiment: How to Build Thriving Multiethnic Democracies” - Yascha Mounk, Senior Fellow, SNF Agora Institute & Associate Professor of the Practice, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Commentary / Q&A: Robert Kuttner, Brandeis University
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public