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29 Feb 16

Democracy’s Failure to Perform (VIDEO)

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama argues that in order for democracies to remain legitimate and to continue to attract new adherents, they must address the constraints imposed upon them by institutions that emphasize rule of law and accountability at the expense of states’ capacities to take strong action.

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27 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Steven Hill

Steven Hill is a political writer, columnist, and lecturer with two decades of experience in public policy. A co-founder of FairVote/Center for Voting and Democracy and former director of the political reform program at the New America Foundation, he is widely known for his advocacy of proportional representation, public financing of election campaigns, and the president’s election by national popular vote.

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25 Feb 16

Beyond the Lecture: Francis Fukuyama

Distinguished Visitor and noted political scientist Francis Fukuyama talks about polarization in the United States, the rise of presidential candidate Donald Trump, and the effect of the refugee crisis on liberal Western democracy.

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25 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Mary Ellen Carroll

Despite an oeuvre spanning more than twenty years and a disavowal of any signature style, Mary Ellen Carroll has been investigating a single, fundamental question: what do we consider a work of art?

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17 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: David Behrman

At Columbia Records, David Behrman produced many of the “Music of Our Time” recordings, which included works by John Cage, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, and many other influential composers.

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16 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Yemane Demissie

Filmmaker Yemane Demissi is producing The Quantum Leapers: Ethiopia 1916-1975, a documentary series about the Emperor Haile Selassie era.

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09 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Corine Schleif

Adam Kraft's sculptures provide the basis for art historian Corine Schleif's discussion of how art has participated in religious rituals, economic developments, art-historical debates, political decision-making, and military strategies through the centuries.

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09 Feb 16

Security, a Roman Metaphor

Michèle Lowrie, Professor of Classics and the College, University of Chicago, notes that Securitas first occurs in Cicero meaning "tranquility," in a strictly psychological sense. A century later the "security of the Roman Empire" had become a political slogan.

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09 Feb 16

World Ornament: Adornment on a Global Scale

Architectural historian Spyros Papapetros’s lecture focuses on the theorization of bodily adornment by Emil Selenka, renowned evolutionist and anthropologist, and his wife, Lenore Selenka, a prominent feminist, pacifist, zoologist, and amateur anthropologist.

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04 Feb 16

Fellow Spotlight: Michèle Lowrie

Classicist Michèle Lowrie’s current research concerns Roman political thought and its reception, including projects on exemplary thinking, civil war, and transformations in the public sphere. In her Academy project, Lowrie explores the Roman sources of concepts that are key to post-9/11 concerns about “national security” and “emergency.”

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