2020-21 Public Events Series: Living Democracy

Living Democracy

Announcing the 2020–21 IHC Public Events Series

Democracy lives: as a system of governance and a form of collective organization. Democracy breathes: in civil institutions, popular actions and the civic life of its communities. Under democracy’s protections, dreams of equality materialize; creative expression thrives; literacies multiply; social bonds deepen.

But democracy needs proper conditions to flourish: equitable distribution of resources; citizens empowered to exercise their rights; a working system of checks and balances ensuring that just decisions are made and implemented.

The census is underway and the 59th presidential election is on the horizon. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the susceptibility of US electoral practices to political manipulation, the widening income gap, inequitable access to healthcare, and the disproportionate impact of global crises upon disenfranchised populations.

Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the IHC’s public events series Living Democracy will engage perspectives from the humanities to explore both the forces and conditions that imperil the health of democracy and the political, social, and cultural interventions that can make democracy vibrant.

The IHC welcomes suggestions for speakers, creative presentations, and other events, to be held in person or online, in Living Democracy. Please contact IHC Director Susan Derwin with your ideas at derwin@ihc.ucsb.edu.