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American Democracy: In the Age of Donald Trump

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Date: 10/27/2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Harvard – Malkin Penthouse – 4th floor – Littauer Building Cambridge, MA

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Rebecca Riccio, the founding Director of the Social Impact Lab, will be participating on a panel hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School. Come out to hear her, Glenn Carle, Elizabeth Dann, Atul Singh, and Avantika Chilkoti discuss American Democracy in the Age of Donald Trump. Please see below for details – this is a can’t-miss event!

This is an event that examines the state of the health of American democracy. This US presidential election is turning out to be the theater of the absurd. A man who brags about his sexual conquests and champions protectionism is now representing the party of family values and free trade. A woman who is rather cozy with Goldman Sachs is representing the party of the poor. Both are New Yorkers and America cannot remember the last time this happened.

American democracy has gone through various challenges but it has proved to be dynamic, resilient and, on the whole, downright impressive. Yet all is not well in the land of Manifest Destiny. Executive privilege has expanded, employment has contracted and terrorism has engendered fear. Unsurprisingly, this election asks tougher questions than before. Are we entering a brave new world with the two-party system beginning to crack? At a time of the global rise of the far-right, do we now face the age of Donald Trump?

This discussion will see four panelists examine the upcoming election with widely differing lenses. They will analyze the context that underlies this election and its implications for the future. Regardless of who wins, a genie has emerged from the bottle and the panelists will make sense of what is going on.

Reserve your ticket here!

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