Old North Speaker Series: Populism and Nationalism: What We Can Do to Strengthen Our Democracy
Speaker: John Shattuck
Presented in partnership with the Ford Hall Forum
Join us March 27 at 6:30 pm for a lecture by John Shattuck, foreign affairs and human rights expert, focused on why populist discontent with democracy is on the rise. We see examples of this dissatisfaction in the economic and cultural rebellions of people feeling threatened by globalization and shut out by elites. During this talk, we'll examine how that discontent is being manipulated by opportunistic politicians in the US and Europe. These political figures claim they can fix the situation by strengthening nationalism, which often translates into weakening democratic institutions and centralizing power. How does that affect our global and domestic communities? What are the potential sources of resilience of our democracy, and what can we do as citizens to save it?
Afterward, join us for a reception and Community Conversation for an intimate discussion on the necessity of active citizenship and the role individuals play in governmental shifts.
About the speaker: John Shattuck is Professor of Practice in Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, specializing in transatlantic affairs and US foreign policy, and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, focusing on the contemporary crisis of democracy in the US and Europe. Previously, he served as the President of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (2009-2016), the CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under President Clinton. From 1984 to 1993 Shattuck was a Vice-President at Harvard University and taught at the Harvard Law School. His many publications include Freedom on Fire, a study of the international response to genocide and crimes against humanity, Rights of Privacy, and articles on higher education, human rights, foreign affairs, and international security.