AAPSS Event: Civic Responsibility and the Repair of American Democracy

Leaders are contending with a once-in-a-century pandemic, a reckoning around our legacies of racism in our nation, and a combination of polarization and socio-economic inequality that has poisoned our politics, making even the most seasoned observers worry about the survivability of America’s institutions of democracy. Will these crises ultimately make the country stronger, or is our union at a breaking point? Join the American Academy of Political and Social Science this Tuesday for a webinar and discussion on the state of our institutions and democracy with the five distinguished scholars it inducted as fellows last year. The conversation, moderated by journalists Nick Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and dean emeritus at Columbia University, will explore how we arrived at this current moment of extreme polarization and whether we can overcome the challenges we face as a nation. 

The webinar, titled “Civic Responsibility and the Repair of American Democracy,” starts at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 1. The panelists/fellows are:

Carol Anderson | Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies, Emory University

Jacob Hacker | Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University

Rucker Johnson | Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Mary Pattillo | Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University

Kathryn Sikkink | Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School, Harvard University

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American Academy of Political and Social Science

The American Academy of Political and Social Science, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies, is dedicated to the use of social science to address important social problems. For over a century, our flagship journal, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, has brought together public officials and scholars from across the disciplines to tackle issues ranging from racial inequality and intractable poverty to the threat of nuclear terrorism. Today, through conferences and symposia, podcast interviews with leading social scientists, and the annual induction of Academy Fellows and presentation of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize, the Academy is dedicated to bridging the gap between academic research and the formation of public policy.

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