What is the state of American democracy in 2017?

For the News-Tribune

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.

Two portions are open to the public. They are talks by J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” and 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.

For the News-Tribune