The American Experiment in Democracy

April 21, 2020 by stephenshubert

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The American experiment in democracy is an idea. For nearly 250 years, it has been enacted in some ways that are inspiring and amazing, and it has been enacted in some ways that are oppressive, violent, and devastating. But still, the ideals call to us. Today, the America and the democracy we thought we knew is at fundamental risk. These lectures will walk in real-time through the 2020 presidential election. . For more info on upcoming lectures and related events visit: https://commonpurposenow.org/events
David Domke worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s before earning a Ph.D. in 1996. He is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and for the past decade he has served as Department Chair. His research has focused on communication, politics, and public opinion in the United States, and in recent years Domke has worked closely with several organizations on communication and engagement in the public arena. He is committed to inter-racial and inter-generational community building, and was one of a group of community members who created civil rights pilgrimages to the US South in 2014; that work is now led and organized by non-profit Project Pilgrimage. In 2002 he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008 he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class.
For those of you who haven’t tuned in yet, you will really enjoy these lectures.  Here are all three links:
LECTURE 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEyu8oxB8Q8 
LECTURE 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B9EvjEJS7c&feature=youtu.be

LECTURE 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBHJ-Z0QJbc&feature=youtu.be

 

New lectures will be available shortly:

“HOW JOE BIDEN CAN WIN.” This is a two-lecture series April 27 + May 4. Here’s the details: Joe Biden is a former US Senator and a former Vice-President. Now he is about to become the oldest major-party nominee for the Presidency in US history. He was first elected to the US Senate in 1972, and half a century later he seeks to become America’s 46th President. Can he do it? This two-lecture series maps out the pathway forward for Biden and more broadly for the Democratic Party as it seeks to regain leadership on a national level. Biden can win and so can the party, and these are the key essential steps in the journey. There are five levels of registration for these lectures, starting at FREE and working their way up. The lectures will be Livstreamed live at 7 pm Pacific time on the dates AND recorded for folks to watch on your own timing. Registrants will receive viewing instructions three days in advance of each lecture, via email.  To register for the lectures, here’s info and registration: https://howbidencanwin.bpt.me/

VOTING IN AMERICA: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE.” This is a two-lecture series May 5 + May 12. Here’s the details: Since the nation’s beginning, the right to vote in America has been controlled by powerful white men and used as a weapon against racial minorities, women, younger, and lower-income Americans. We as a nation have made progress, but the struggle continues and it is fierce as we enter the second decade of the 21st century. What is the role of the federal government? What are the state laws that hinder or advance voting rights? In these two lectures, we’ll look back in time, forward in time, and discuss pathways to action to overcome voter suppression. There are five levels of registration for these lectures, starting at FREE and working their way up. These lectures will be both Livestreamed and recorded for folks to watch on your own timing. The lectures will be Livstreamed live at 7 pm Pacific time on the dates AND recorded for folks to watch on your own timing. Registrants will receive viewing instructions three days in advance of each lecture, via email. To register for the lectures, here’s info and registration: https://votinginamerica.bpt.me/

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