Fellows' Presentation

CANCELED: Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy

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Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we have regrettably decided to cancel this public program. We do not take these decisions lightly, but the health and well-being of our community must come first and we are acting in accordance with the most recent Harvard University guidance.


Part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Suzanne Mettler RI '20

Free and open to the public.


During her year at Radcliffe, Suzanne Mettler is working on a book that examines crises of democracy throughout American history, from the 1790s through Watergate, and what can be learned from them to illuminate the state of democracy today. Scholars who have studied democratic deterioration abroad find that four conditions have proven detrimental: political polarization, racism and nativism, economic inequality, and executive aggrandizement. The convergence of these factors in the United States today presents a serious threat, but the past also indicates the capacity of the political system for revitalization.