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E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?
E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?      Congressional approval ratings have declined to historic lows this year; at present,a staggering 76 percent of Americans dislike what their elected lawmakers do on Capitol Hill. There are many sources of public dissatisfaction, among them the corrupting influence of money and the manipulation of elections. Entrenched social divisions exacerbate an already tense situation, and conflict is pervasive. The system is stagnating. Our politicians seem unwilling or unable to address the nationís most pressing issues, from immigration reform to fiscal policy.

At the Massachusetts Humanities Foundation symposium, an outstanding group of scholars, journalists, and practitioners will explore potential solutions. The symposium will consist of three panel discussions moderated by Emmy-winning journalist and author Jane Clayson:

Session 1, 12:45 p.m.: Capital Ideas: Reducing the Influence of Money in Our Democracy. Panelists: Thomas Mann, Zephyr Teachout, Alan Wolfe.

Session 2, 2:15 p.m.: Righting Voting Wrongs: Making Our Republic More Democratic. Panelists: Heather Gerken, Alexander Keyssar, Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Session 3, 3:45 p.m.: Bending the Arc of History: Toward Equality and Democracy. Panelists: Reniqua Allen, Kenneth Feinberg, Glenn Loury

Date and Time:
    Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
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Of Interest to Particular Audience:
    Alumni, Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
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    Lectures & Readings
Sponsored by:
    Mass Humanities, hosted by Boston College
    Mass Humanities
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    Free with Registration
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