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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

The Arts and the Culture of Democracy

the clough center for the study of constitutional democracy

 

About this Series

This series of lively encounters explores the complex relationship between the arts and democracy through thoughtful conversation among practicing artists and engaged cultural commentators. In this series we consider such issues as the visual arts and their relationship to the American vision; the political life of poetry; the role of fiction in constructing the authoritative as opposed to the authoritarian; the performative needs of democracy since classical Athens; and how both the arts, such as music and poetry, and our public institutions can be structured in ways that support human potential, human capacity and human thriving.

 


Fall 2015 Lectures


 

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Performing Democracy: Private Citizens on the Public Stage »

Thursday, September 10, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Bryan Doerries, Frank Garcia (presenting on behalf of James Boyd White), and Rebekah Maggor.



Authority and Authoritarianism in Fiction and Politics

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Elizabeth Graver, Gish Jen, and Adam Johnson


Spring 2015 Lectures


 

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Newsworthy: New Forms of Journalism, Personal Essay and Public Reflection in an Age of Entertainment »

Thursday, January 22, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Jill Lepore, Lawrence Weschler, and Carlo Rotella.


Fall 2014 Lectures


 

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The Arts and the Culture of Democracy »

Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Fiona Smith (presenting on behalf of James Boyd White), Lawrence Weschler, and Carlo Rotella.



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The Political Life of Poetry »

Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

Featuring Edward Hirsch, Eavan Boland, and Kevin Young.