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Mass. Humanities Symposium Nov. 9

10/31/13
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Alan Wolfe (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

By Office of News & Public Affairs |

Published: Oct. 31, 2013

Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe, director of the University’s Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, will be among the speakers at the 10th annual Mass Humanities Symposium taking place Nov. 9 from 12:30-5 p.m. in Corcoran Commons.

This year’s symposium, titled “E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?,” will focus on constructive ideas for making American democracy work at a time when “the corrupting influence of money, the manipulation of elections and the enduring legacy of social, racial and gender divisions have eroded confidence in America’s political system,” according to Mass Humanities.

Wolfe will be part of a panel discussion, “Capital Ideas: Reducing the Influence of Money in Our Democracy,” along with Fordham University Associate Professor of Law Zephyr Teachout and Thomas Mann, W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.

Two other panel discussions will comprise the symposium: “Righting Voting Wrongs: Making Our Republic More Democratic” and “Bending the Arc of History: Toward Equality and Democracy.”

For more information about the event, which is free (donations are welcome), and to register, see masshumanities.org/symposium.