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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

What’s the problem with populism? Defining Contemporary Populism’s Challenge to Liberal Democracy

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Ludvig Norman, Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm

 Institute of European Studies

It is commonly argued, in academic and popular debate alike, that contemporary populism presents liberal democracy with a set of challenges. However, the definitional confusion over populism has made the study of this phenomenon difficult and has prevented a clear discussion on what, if anything, is the problem with populism. This talk offers a way to rethink contemporary populism with a view to...   More >

Ernest S. Kuh Distinguished Lecture: Creating Materials that do not Exist in Nature

Lecture | April 3 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 3rd floor

 Xiang Zhang, Ph.D. 96' ME, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

 College of Engineering

Youth Civic Culture, Inequality, and Education in the ex-Communist Countries

Lecture | April 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Gabriel Badescu, Professor of Political Science, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

The health of a democracy depends on the support for key political values such as civil rights, as well as the active participation of an informed citizenry. Less than two decades ago, young people in the ex-communist countries were more enthusiastic than the older generations about protecting norms and institutions that have traditionally been regarded as necessary ingredients for democratic...   More >

Jonathan Haidt Presents: 'The three worst ideas in the world, and how they shape American education'

Lecture | April 3 | 4:15 p.m. | 310 Sutardja Dai Hall

 Jonathan Haidt, New York University Stern School of Business

 Department of Political Science & The Baxter Liberty Initiative

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at New York University Stern School of Business and the director of Heterodox Academy. He is the coauthor of the forthcoming book, 'The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting up a Generation for Failure'.

A Papyrological Pioneer: Investigations into the Life and Career of Josiah Gilbart Smyly: CTP Distinguished Lecture

Lecture | April 3 | 5:30 p.m. | 101 Doe Library

 Brian McGing, Regius Professor of Greek, Trinity College Dublin

 Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

J. Gilbart Smyly (1867-1948), friend and collaborator of Tebtunis excavators Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, was one of the pioneers of papyrology and responsible for deciphering and interpreting numerous papyri from the Berkeley collection and elsewhere. But he was a reclusive figure, little appreciated at his own institution, Trinity College Dublin, where he worked in the shadow of the...   More >