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McCourtney Institute for Democracy

McCourtney Institute for Democracy

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The McCourtney Institute for Democracy's mission is to promote scholarship and practical innovations that defend and advance democracy in the United States and abroad. Through teaching, research, and public outreach, the Institute leverages the resources of Penn State to foster a model of deliberation, policymaking, and responsiveness that is at once passionate, informed, and civil.

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Virtual Book Club: Hope for Democracy

the McCourtney Institute for Democracy's virtual book club selection for August is Hope for Democracy: How Citizens Can Bring Reason Back Into Politics by...

8/31 4pm
Center for Democratic Deliberation Kenneth Burke Lecture: Catherine R. Squires

Catherine R. Squires will present the Kenneth Burke lecture on "Unsettling Displacements: Views from Rondo and Hallie Q. Brown." Squires is Professor of...

9/2 12pm
Matt Taibbi: Hate Inc., How the News Became a Twisted Branch of Showbusiness—and What We Can Do About It

One of the smartest—and funniest—chroniclers of the rise of Trump, growing inequality, and Wall Street excess, Matt Taibbi is the author of four New York...

9/17 4pm
Carol Anderson: One Person, No Vote

In "One Person No Vote," Carol Anderson follows the story of states that seek to restrict voter access through photo ID requirements, gerrymandering, poll...

4/20/2021 4pm

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