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