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Stanford webinar series to highlight challenges to democracy in the U.S. and around the world

Ran Abramitzky and Debra Satz
Image credit: Andrew Brodhead
Sep 10 2020
Stanford, Students

This fall as the United States gears up for what many are calling the most significant election in a generation, Democracy Matters, a new webinar series, will bring together scholars from across the Stanford campus to reflect on issues and topics that are having an effect on democracy in the U.S. and shaping election discussions. The program is hosted by the School of Humanities and Sciences and led by Ran Abramitzky, senior associate dean for social sciences.

““The 2020 U.S. elections are around the corner, and we want to have discussions based on knowledge and evidence about some of the deep issues at stake,” said Abramitzky, professor of economics. “We will explore questions such as: What are the ramifications of income inequality? How has COVID-19 changed life as we know it? Why are Americans so politically polarized? Should the U.S. close its border to immigrants?”

“Addressing current threats to democracy in the U.S. – from economic inequality to racial injustice to political polarization – will require complex solutions from a wide variety of disciplines, said Debra Satz, the Vernon R. and Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

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