Is the U.S. a Democracy?
Osher Midwinter Lectures: January-February 2015
Presenter: Michael Krasner has been on the political science faculty at Queen’s College, State University of New York, since 1970, teaching courses on politics and the media, and on presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral elections, among other topics. A resident of Westminster and a two-time Osher presenter, he has been visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and at the University of Paris.
Subject: The three-part series will examine the question whether the U.S. today is still a representative democracy. Is our government responsive to the people, or has it become an oligarchy, a government that is responsive only or mainly to the rich few? We’ll also ask the related question, has the growth of government power fundamentally eroded the civil liberties essential to democracy?
In considering these questions, the lectures will concentrate on the role of big money in elections and governance; government power and individual liberties; the problem of the media in our democracy; and the possibilities of fighting back against anti-democratic forces.
When: Three Mondays, January 19, January 26, February 2, 2015. Please note afternoon sessions this winter:1:00-3:00 p.m. (snow date: February 9).
Where: Southeastern Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Vermont Route 5, Dummerston. Handicapped accessible.
Cost: $6 per lecture, includes light refreshments.
Questions: Please call the Learning Collaborative at (802) 257-8600 or toll-free (866) 889-0042.