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‘Exploring America in a Transforming World’: Professor Lance Bennett Announces Lecture Series

Submitted by Caterina Rost on December 9, 2016 - 2:29pm

UW Political Science Professor & Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication Lance Bennett invites you to join him for his Winter 2017 lecture series “America in a Transforming World: The Coming Realignment of Environment, Economy, and Democracy.” 

Life quality for growing numbers of people on the planet is threatened by a set of systemic problems. The global economy is not working well for people or the environment. Economic policies across the political spectrum rely on unrealistic expectations about economic growth and resource consumption. America and many other democracies face policy gridlock, breakdowns in representation, and voter anger. How did we get here? What can be done to address these great challenges of our time? This lecture series examines the prospects for realigning our economic, environmental and political systems in light of the outcomes of the 2016 elections: (a) economic and democratic system breakdown, (b) can capitalism be fixed, (c) the role of money in political reform (d) dismantling the environment versus economy myth, and (e) building the next system.


Time: 7:00 PM (for all dates listed below)

Location: Kane Hall | Room 120  


Public Lecture Series (session dates and focus):

January 17: System Breakdown: Economy and Democracy in Crisis

January 31: Can Capitalism Be Fixed?

February 7: The Best Democracy that Money Can Buy

February 21: Environment vs. Economy

March 7: Building the Next System: Solutions for Government, Business, and Citizens

Lecture Speaker: Lance Bennett is Professor of Political Science and Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communication at UW, Seattle. He has lectured on these topics nationally and internationally. The University of Washington has recognized him with the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning Communities, and The UW Faculty Lecture Award. He has also received career achievement awards from the American Political Science Association, The National Communication Association, and the International Communication Association.


RSVP for the Series HERE | One Ticket Gives You Access to All Sessions

Professor Bennett would like to thank the University of Washington Alumni Association for supporting this event. Find more public lecture information at