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How Have the Crises of Democracy Endured from Ancient Greece to Modern America?

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Democracies are somewhat rare forms of government across the history of human societies, in part because they are vulnerable to the upheavals of war, economic dislocation, corruption, internal social conflicts, and evolving foreign threats. Drawing on the insights of UNC experts who analyze the history and structures of democratic societies, we’ll seek to understand how the crises in an ancient democracy may resemble or differ from the crises in our own era of intense political polarizations.  


The Crises in Ancient Athenian Democracy 

Emily Baragwanath, Associate Professor of Classics 

The Crises in Contemporary American Democracy 

Jonathan Weiler, Teaching Professor in the Curriculum in Global Studies 

Do the Upheavals of Ancient Greece and Modern America Show the Enduring Resilience or Fragility of Democratic Political Systems? 

A panel discussion with our speakers  


DATE & TIME:  Saturday, March 2 | 9:00am – 12:30pm

COST: The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $30 for virtual viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: The Rizzo Center

*In-Person Registration for this event closes on March 1at 3pm**

Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.



UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar or first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included), and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition, email Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .3 CEUs post-attendance.

Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.


March 2
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The Rizzo Center
150 Dubose Home Ln
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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