Americans, much like their French counterparts, are anxious about the state of their democracy. Can democracy be reformed to grapple with the realities of inequality and exclusion? Or do we need to rethink democracy from the ground up? 

Pierre Rosanvallon, one of France’s leading thinkers and activists, offers answers to these questions in his new book, Le bon gouvernement. We’ve invited Keesha Gaskins and Sabeel Rahman, two democracy visionaries of the next generation, to engage him in a transatlantic conversation about the prospects for democracy in the 21st century.

Please join us.

Pierre Rosanvallon is Professor and Chair of Modern and Contemporary History of Politics at the Collège de France and founder of two reputed intellectual fora, La République des Idées (in print) and La Vie des Idées (online). A former activist, Rosanvallon is renowned for his original historical and theoretical approach to the study of contemporary democracy. These events are co-sponsored by the SSRC's new Anxieties of Democracy program, which aims to ‘smart up’ the public conversation about democracy with good social science.

Keesha Gaskins is the Director of the Democratic Practice Program for the United States at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and an adjunct professor of political science at State University of New York, Purchase College. A long-time organizer, lobbyist, and experienced trial attorney, Ms. Gaskins has previously served as Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and as Executive Director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota. She is a frequent writer, lecturer, and public commentator on issues related to women and politics, movement building, and democratic reform.

K. Sabeel Rahman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and a Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the Research and Design Director and part of the founding leadership team for the Gettysburg Project, an innovation lab for improving democracy and grassroots organizing. Prof. Rahman has previously served as a Special Advisor in the de Blasio administration and as a researcher and advisor in both the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Governance Lab @ NYU. His book, “Democracy against Domination,” is forthcoming from Oxford University Press and explores the prospects for meaningful democracy in the aftermath of the 2008-9 financial crisis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council's new Anxieties of Democracy program.  Motivated by concerns that representative democracies are struggling to address important problems in the public interest, the Anxieties of Democracy program seeks to catalyze new inter-disciplinary research and ‘smart up’ the public conversation about democracy with good social science.

In November 2015, the  program is honored to welcome Professor Pierre Rosanvallon as its first Democracy Fellow. In this capacity, Professor Rosanvallon will lead a seminar series on current 'anxieties of democracy' for doctoral students from a range of disciplines; he will also offer the inaugural Democracy Fellow lecture at Roosevelt House. For more information on Professor Rosanvallon's activities during his stay with us, please follow @SSRCdemocracy and visit our website: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/anxieties-of-democracy.

Please note that there are other events with Pierre Rosanvallon at Roosevelt House, on Nov 12, here, and at Columbia's Maison française, on Nov 16, here.

Albertine Bookstore 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075

Talking about a Revolution: Rethinking Democracy in America with Pierre Rosanvallon

When
Nov 13, 2015 7pm - 8:30pm
Where
Albertine Bookstore
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075

Americans, much like their French counterparts, are anxious about the state of their democracy. Can democracy be reformed to grapple with the realities of inequality and exclusion? Or do we need to rethink democracy from the ground up? 

Pierre Rosanvallon, one of France’s leading thinkers and activists, offers answers to these questions in his new book, Le bon gouvernement. We’ve invited Keesha Gaskins and Sabeel Rahman, two democracy visionaries of the next generation, to engage him in a transatlantic conversation about the prospects for democracy in the 21st century.

Please join us.

 

Pierre Rosanvallon is Professor and Chair of Modern and Contemporary History of Politics at the Collège de France and founder of two reputed intellectual fora, La République des Idées (in print) and La Vie des Idées (online). A former activist, Rosanvallon is renowned for his original historical and theoretical approach to the study of contemporary democracy. These events are co-sponsored by the SSRC's new Anxieties of Democracy program, which aims to ‘smart up’ the public conversation about democracy with good social science.

Keesha Gaskins is the Director of the Democratic Practice Program for the United States at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and an adjunct professor of political science at State University of New York, Purchase College. A long-time organizer, lobbyist, and experienced trial attorney, Ms. Gaskins has previously served as Senior Counsel in the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program and as Executive Director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota. She is a frequent writer, lecturer, and public commentator on issues related to women and politics, movement building, and democratic reform.

K. Sabeel Rahman is an Assistant Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and a Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the Research and Design Director and part of the founding leadership team for the Gettysburg Project, an innovation lab for improving democracy and grassroots organizing. Prof. Rahman has previously served as a Special Advisor in the de Blasio administration and as a researcher and advisor in both the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and the Governance Lab @ NYU. His book, “Democracy against Domination,” is forthcoming from Oxford University Press and explores the prospects for meaningful democracy in the aftermath of the 2008-9 financial crisis.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Social Science Research Council's new Anxieties of Democracy program.  Motivated by concerns that representative democracies are struggling to address important problems in the public interest, the Anxieties of Democracy program seeks to catalyze new inter-disciplinary research and ‘smart up’ the public conversation about democracy with good social science.

In November 2015, the  program is honored to welcome Professor Pierre Rosanvallon as its first Democracy Fellow. In this capacity, Professor Rosanvallon will lead a seminar series on current 'anxieties of democracy' for doctoral students from a range of disciplines; he will also offer the inaugural Democracy Fellow lecture at Roosevelt House. For more information on Professor Rosanvallon's activities during his stay with us, please follow @SSRCdemocracy and visit our website: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/anxieties-of-democracy.

 

Please note that there are other events with Pierre Rosanvallon at Roosevelt House, on Nov 12, here, and at Columbia's Maison française, on Nov 16, here.