Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Architecture of Modern Authoritarianism at Home and Abroad

Join the University of Chicago's Pozen Family Center for Human Rights on Tuesday, October 20, for the annual Kirschner Lecture, titled From D.C. to Damascus: The Architecture of Modern Authoritarianism.  The event is free and virtual, but registration is required. 

The event description asks:

Why does authoritarianism persist? How does it become rooted in the social, political, and legal fabrics of a state as well as in the imagination, emotions, and memories of civil society—and how can we disrupt it and turn the tide? From the use (and possible abuse) of executive orders by the current U.S. administration to the Assad regime’s devastatingly effective disinformation campaigns in Syria, we are witnessing a worrying rise in authoritarianism both at home and abroad.  This conversation will center on the work of scholars Lisa Wedeen (Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria) and Tom Ginsburg (How to Save a Constitutional Democracy), both of whom will be speaking, and whose writings and research seek to understand the challenges posed by authoritarian regimes around the world.

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