Inequality and Democracy Today - 2015-2016 LEFRAK FORUM & SYMPOSIUM
Thursday, October 8 more information...
7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Kellogg Center Auditorium
Sean Wilentz, History Department, Princeton University
Sean Wilentz, Princeton University, Keynote Speaker
October 8, 2015
The LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy in the Department of Political Science present a conference on the Question of Inequality. The Keynote Address is being delivered by Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Kellogg Center Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (1980) after earning bachelor's degrees from Columbia University (1972) and Balliol College, Oxford University (1974). He is the author or editor of twelve books, including The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (2005, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His writings on American music have earned him two Grammy nominations and two Deems-Taylor-ASCAP awards. Professor Wilentz lectures frequently and has written some three hundred articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces for publications such as the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde, and Dissent. He has helped prepare speeches and congressional testimony, most notably his own testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in conjuction with the impeachment drive against President Bill Clinton in December 1998. He spent the academic year 2014-15 as the Leah and Michael Weisberg Fellow at the New-York Historical Society and the Siemens Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He also delivered the annual Nathan I. Huggins Lectures at Harvard. His forthcoming book, The Politicians & the Egalitarians: the Hidden History of American Politics, will appear in Spring 2016.
The LeFrak Forum and Symposium on Science, Reason & Modern Democracy in the Department of
Political Science present a conference titled INEQUALITY AND DEMOCRACY TODAY. This conference will
take place October 9-10 on the campus of Michigan State University. The Keynote Address titled THE
FORGOTTEN AMERICAN EGALITARIAN TRADITION is being delivered by Professor Sean Wilentz, the
George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University. This event is free to the
At the heart of much contemporary debate, both academic and political, is the fear that in advanced
capitalist societies economic inequality is inexorably increasing--coupled with the fear that such
equality must pose a grave danger to the economic, moral, political or cultural well-being of society. This
debate has recently risen to a new level of precision and prominence. Through the conference, we
would like to explore this issue, with special emphasis on the political issue of economic inequality and
liberal democracy. We seek to bring together thinkers both within the academy, from various relevant
disciplines, and representing a range of perspectives.