Constitution, Elections, and Democracy: Presidential Roundtable Discussion on Democracy with Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett INT 100/201 APPROVED!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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As political polarization and economic inequality deepen, increasingly corrosive public discourse tears at the social fabric of democracy. Across the country, Americans agree: we are living in troublesome times. The challenges we face today appear more daunting than ever before – but we’ve been here before. In their new book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett combine storytelling and statistical analysis to provide a sweeping overview of more than a century of history. Drawing on lessons from earlier eras, the authors show us the path to a society once again based on community. In the Presidential Roundtable series’ culminating installment, Putnam and Garrett join President Philomena Mantella and her predecessors Arend Lubbers, Mark Murray, and Thomas Haas for a discussion that navigates how, as a collective society, we can restore faith in our institutions, our democracy, and ourselves.

The Presidential Roundtable Series is presented by Grand Valley State University, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, assisted by the GVSU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of Student Life, the Frederik Meijer Honors College and its Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Program.

For more information about the Constitution, Elections, and Democracy Presidential Roundtable series please visit the webpage here. 

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