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The Global Crisis of Liberal Democracies

December 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

In collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Democratic governments may now be facing more social unrest and populist opposition than at any time since World War II. Political elites are widely condemned as “out of touch” with the problems of ordinary people, unable to solve the economic challenges of globalization, and unresponsive to public concerns. Popular nationalist movements and new social media are disrupting the traditional processes of democratic institutions. Has liberal democracy fallen into a global crisis that resembles or differs from earlier eras of political crisis? This seminar will explore this question by comparing the disruptions and obstacles that have created recent upheavals or blocked democratic processes in contemporary Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


Are European Democracies Facing a New Crisis or the Same Old Story?
Noah Strote, Associate Professor of History, North Carolina State University

The Crisis of Democratic Institutions in the United States
Michael J. Gerhardt, Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

Fragile and Strong Democracies in Latin America
Cecilia Martinez-Gallardo, Associate Professor of Political Science

Obstacles to Democracy in China and the Philippines
Steven I. Levine, Research Faculty Associate in History, University of Montana

Can Liberal Democracy Grow or Survive in the 21st Century?
A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00am-5:00pm Saturday, December 1. The tuition is $125 ($115 until August 1st). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until August 1st). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 3-4 weeks before the program date. 


December 1, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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