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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 hosts ‘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. 

Upcoming Events

Events for academic year 2021-22 have concluded. Check back here to find information and registration links to upcoming events in 2022-23, or visit our Events page.

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

  • Reckoning: The Movement for Black Lives and the Necessity of Social Movement | Deva Woodly | April 18 — watch the full recording

  • The Revenge of Power: How Autocrats Are Reinventing Politics for the 21st Century | Moises Naìm | April 25 — watch the full recording

  • The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart And How They Can Endure | Yascha Mounk | May 16 — watch the full recording

  • 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting | E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Miles Rapoport | May 25 — watch the full recording

People

Meet the authors featured as part of The Democracy Series.