Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, will present the Jefferson Memorial Lecture on September 19, 2012 in conjunction with the observance of Constitution Day. The lecture entitled "Obama, the Tea Party, and the Future of American Politics" is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
About Theda Skocpl:
Theda Skocpol has made significant contributions to the fields of comparative and American politics. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Johan Skytte Prize for her visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence. Skocpols early work, States and Social Revolutions (1979), demonstrates the importance of state structures, international forces and class relations to the French, Russian and Chinese revolutions (Cambridge UP). Her 2003 work Diminished Democracy tracks the decline of civic engagement in the past few decades. Skopcols current research takes up the pressing issues of health care reform and other federal policies in the Obama era.
About the lecture:
In this lecture, Theda Skocpol surveys the current political landscape and explores its most consequential questions: What happened to Obamas new New Deal? Why have his achievements enraged opponents more than they have satisfied supporters? How has the Tea Partys ascendance reshaped American politics? At this moment of economic uncertainty and extreme polarization, as voters prepare to render another verdict on Obamas historic presidency, she reviews its triumphs and setbacks to see where we might be headed next.