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About the series

As the future of democracy itself is fiercely debated and efforts to undermine democratic institutions persist around the world, two University of Chicago research centers have teamed up with the Seminary Co-op Bookstores—an internationally-renowned academic bookstore and Chicago institution—to bring robust discussion with authors of books grappling with this critical topic to the fore.

The University of Chicago Center for Effective Government, the Chicago Center on Democracy, and Seminary Co-op Bookstores will host ‘The Democracy Series’ — public events featuring dialogue between book authors and experts on issues related to the state of democracy in the U.S. and abroad. 

Announcing the Democracy Series Discount Program!

Save 30% when purchasing books featured in The Democracy Series at the Seminary Co-op

We're thrilled to announce that in partnership with the Seminary Co-op, we are offering discounts on all books featured in The Democracy Series! Books featured at past fall and winter events are available at a 30% discount when purchased at the Seminary Co-op Bookstores through the end of April, and books featured at our spring events will be discounted from now until 30 days following each event. All offers are only valid while supplies last, so be sure to order today!

Use the coupon code "STARS" for 30% off the following titles through April 30:

Use the coupon code "STRIPES" for 30% off Reckoning, by Deva Woodly, through May 18.

Use the coupon code "RED" for 30% off The Revenge of Power, by Moises Naìm, through May 25.

Use the coupon code "BLUE" for 30% off The Great Experiment, by Yascha Mounk, through June 16.

Use the coupon code "VOTE" for 30% off 100% Democracy, by E.J. Dionne Jr. and Miles Rapoport, through June 24.

Upcoming Events

Sign up today to attend an upcoming Democracy Series event! Find information and registration links to upcoming events below, or visit our Events page.

  • Monday, April 18 (6:00pm CT, virtual): Reckoning: The Movement for Black Lives and the Necessity of Social Movement | Deva Woodly | Moderated by William Howell | REGISTER

  • Monday, April 25 (6:00pm CT, virtual): The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats Are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century | Moises Naìm | Moderated by Sue Stokes | REGISTER

  • Monday, May 16 (7:00pm CT, virtual): The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart And How They Can Endure | Yascha Mounk | Moderated by Sue Stokes | REGISTER

  • Wednesday, May 25 (6:00pm CT, hybrid): 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting | E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Miles Rapoport | Moderated by Anthony Fowler| REGISTER

Past events

Find full recordings of past Democracy Series events below.

  • The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Global History from Antiquity to Today | David Stasavage | October 14 — watch the full recording

  • Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump | Spencer Ackerman | November 2 — watch the full recording

  • Checks in the Balance | Alexander Bolton and Sharece Thrower | December 14 — watch the full recording

  • How Democracies Die | Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky | January 20 — watch the full recording


Meet the authors featured as part of The Democracy Series.