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The Threat to Democracy and the Rule of Law

The Threat to Democracy and the Rule of Law

Instructor: Presenter: Austin Sarat
Course time(s): 42358 SEE 266-10: Th, 4/12, 2:00–4:00 pm
$10.00
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Senior Symposia classes are offered to ages 50 and older. Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at GCC's downtown building, 270 Main Street in Greenfield.

America’s founding political commitments were to democracy and the rule of law, often described as the soul and spirit of our nation. Over the generations, citizens have given their lives to preserve those commitments, but their meanings have always been contested. This lecture will discuss those contested meanings throughout American history. In addition, Austin Sarat will assess the health of American democracy and the rule of law that today some believe are under attack. Is this a symptom rather than a cause of what some see as our governmental crisis? Does America face an erosion of public faith in long taken-for-granted aspects of our political life?

Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. He addresses the social and cultural life of the law in both his teaching and extensive writing. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Yale University. 

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