What is the state of American democracy in 2017?


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More than 30 writers, educators, and leaders will gather for “The State of American Democracy: A National Conversation” from Nov. 15-17 at the Hotel at Oberlin.

The series of nonpartisan discussions is organized by David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus at Oberlin College.

Speakers include:

• Timothy Egan, columnist for The New York Times.

• Denise Fairchild, CEO and president of Emerald Cities.

• Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent of The New Yorker.

• Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Jane Mayer, a writer for The New Yorker.

• Diane Ravitch, an author and advocate for public education.

• Bill Ritter Jr, director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and former governor of Colorado.

• J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.”

• Terry Tempest Williams, an author, conservationist, and activist.

The intention of the conference is to lay the foundation for efforts necessary to repair and improve democratic institutions and government agencies.

Presentations and discussions will analyze the historic and constitutional context of our current situation and explore specific measures to reestablish robust democratic institutions and procedures.

The conference in Oberlin serves as a starting point and is intended to provide a foundation for subsequent conferences in 2018 in Atlanta, Denver, and Los Angeles.

Sessions are limited to registered participants only, except for Vance and Williams’ talks on Friday, which are open to the general public. Aside from these two off-site events, all sessions take place at the Hotel at Oberlin.

Visit https://www.stateofamericandemocracy.org for more information and for registration.

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