Daniel Ziblatt: How Democracies Die

THU, OCT 11, 2018 (1:42:20)

Is American democracy at risk? Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard political scientist and coauthor of The New York Times bestseller, “How Democracies Die,” discusses how we can look to a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow to show how democracies die—and how ours can be saved. Professor Ziblatt’s talk is followed by a panel of Suffolk scholars –Brian Conley, Greg Fried, and Renee Landers – and is be moderated by Acting Provost Sebastian Royo. http://www.lowellinstitute.org/

+ BIO: Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor currently serves as chairman of the Taylor-Smith Companies, where he manages multiple real estate business entities. He has development experience in the residential, retail, and commercial sectors of the real estate industry, and is the former vice president of development at FMR Properties Inc., where he helped convert the old Commonwealth Pier in Boston Harbor into Boston’s World Trade Center.

+ BIO: Daniel Ziblatt

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University where he is also a resident faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Cener for European Studies and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His research focuses on democratization, democratic breakdown, political parties, state-building, and historical political economy, with an emphasis on Europe from the nineteenth century to the present. His three books include How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Steve Levitsky), a New York Times best-seller, being translated into fifteen languages. He is also the author of Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which won the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations as well as three other prizes including the American Sociological Association’s 2018 Barrington Moore Book Prize. His first book was Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism (Princeton, 2006 [2008]). Ziblatt co-chairs (with Steve Levitsky) a new Challenges to Democracy Research Cluster (for postdocs, undergraduates, and PhD students) at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center. He also directs a research program for graduate and undergraduate students at Harvard’s Institute of Quantitative Social Science (“Politics Through Time”) and has served as interim director of Harvard’s de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. Harvard University

+ BIO: Brian Conley

Brian Conley is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the program director of Applied Politics and Global Public Policy at Suffolk University. Suffolk.edu

+ BIO: Gregory Fried

Gregory was first drawn into philosophy by a need to examine his own thinking about pressing matters of the day: issues such as war, social strife, and international justice. The more he explored his questions and his own presuppositions, the more he came to realize that he could understand both only by studying the history of philosophy as well as ethics and political philosophy. [Source: http://www.suffolk.edu/college/11694.html]

+ BIO: Renée M. Landers

Renée M. Landers is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and is the Faculty Director of the school’s Health and Biomedical Law Concentration. President of the Boston Bar Association in 2003-2004, she was the first woman of color and the first law professor to serve in that position.

She has worked in private practice and served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton Administration. Professor Landers recently concluded a one-year term as Chair of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice of the American Bar Association and is currently Chair of the Section’s Nominating Committee. She is a Trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital and is a former trustee of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. She also has served as a member of the board of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and continues to serve on that board’s governance and risk management committees.

She was a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct and served as Vice Chair of the Commission from 2009 to 2010. She served on the task force that drafted the revised Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct effective in 2016 and currently is a member of the Committee on Judicial Ethics which advises judges on compliance with the Code. Previously, she was a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s committees studying gender bias and racial and ethnic bias in the courts.

An elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2008, she currently serves as Vice President of the NASI Board of Directors. Landers was a member of NASI’s study panels on Strengthening Medicare’s Role in Reducing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and on Health Insurance Exchanges, and co-chaired the 21st NASI Conference on ‘’Social Insurance, Fiscal Responsibility, and Economic Growth’‘. She is the author of articles on the potential for Massachusetts health care reform initiatives to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care and aspects of the Affordable Care Act. In addition to health care, Landers has written on diversity in the legal profession and privacy and is a regular commentator on legal developments in constitutional law, health law, and administrative law for media organizations.

Professor Landers has served as the president of the boards of Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Shady Hill School, the Harvard Board of Overseers, and has also served on the board of WGBH and the Board of Overseers of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She has received awards from Radcliffe College, Boston College Law School, Harvard College, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network. In
November 2018 she will be recognized as a Fellow of the American Bar Association’s Section of
Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

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