Speaker series to explore the challenges facing U.S. democracy

Protest march

Throughout winter and spring terms, the Wayne Morse Center is sponsoring a speaker series titled “Democracy under Pressure.”

“Constitutional democracy faces special stresses at home and abroad in the year ahead,” said Dan Tichenor, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and director of the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance. “Our impressive lineup of speakers will provide valuable insights about the challenges of U.S. global leadership, the rise of right-wing populism, money in politics, human rights crises, and the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

All events will take place in Room 175, Knight Law Center and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu.

Events include:

“Economic, Political, Historical Debts: The Case of Puerto Rico,” featuring UO philosophy professor Rocío Zambrana, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

“The Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy,” featuring Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5.

“Black Lives Matter and American Racial Politics,” featuring Northwestern University political science professor Alvin Tillery, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

The series opened Feb. 6 with a talk by Oregon State University professor Christopher Nichols, “America First?: Isolationism and Global Engagement in Historical Perspective.”