The 2018 Osher Summer Lecture Series, Our Divided Country: How to Find Common Ground will be held Thursday mornings, July 12 - August 16.
Tickets are required, visit the Osher website for information.
It has been said that, "a house divided against itself cannot stand" (Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. These growing divides are supercharged today by instant Internet and social media communications, 24/7 cable news, blatantly partisan media which attract and inflame like-minded viewers, body cams, viral smartphone videos, and the denigration of some American traditions.
Each of the six prominent speakers will frame the key issues of the series, probe challenges to finding common ground, and provide insights on how to most constructively unite America. Three of the speakers have written books that the Norwich Bookstore will have on hand for purchase and signing.
In How Democracies Die, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt analyze the parallels between Trump’s ascent and the fall of other democracies -- usually due to a gradual slide into authoritarianism.
“A smart and deeply informed book about the ways in which democracy is being undermined in dozens of countries and the world, and in ways that are perfectly legal.”
A Professor of Government at Harvard University, Steven Levitsky’s research focuses on Latin America and the developing world. He’s the author of Competitive Authoritarianism and has written for Vox and The New York Times.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Comprehensive, enlightening, and terrifyingly timely."
--New York Times Book Review "Cool and persuasive... How Democracies Die comes at exactly the right moment."
--The Washington Post