UW Madison: The Revolt of the Populists

Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI

Patrick Deneen: “The Revolt of the Populists: How the Rise of Populism Might Renew Mixed Government”


JMC fellow Patrick Deneen will be speaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the recent rise of populism in the United States and Europe. He will address the causes of this revolt and how the movement may renew mixed government. The event is sponsored by two organizations at the University: the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy, a JMC partner program, and the Tom Sawyer Society, a chapter of ISI.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 • 5:30 PM
Adolph C. Bolz Auditorium • Wisconsin Historical Society

Free and open to the public

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Patrick DeneenPatrick Deneen is the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His teaching and writing interests include the history of political thought, American political thought, religion and politics, and literature and politics. His most current work focuses on the growing conflict between, and potential new alignments arising out of, a globalist meritocratic elite and populist nationalists. Professor Deneen was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Theory in 1995, and was an honorable mention for APSA’s Best First Book Award in 2000. He is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles, including Why Liberalism Failed (Yale University Press, 2018) and Conserving America? Thoughts on Present Discontents (St. Augustine Press, 2016).

Professor Deneen is a JMC fellow.

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The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to promote appreciation and critical understanding of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy while advancing intellectual diversity. These principles and institutions include constitutionalism and rule of law, the meaning and scope of freedom and free markets in a democratic order, the place and role of religion in liberal democracies, and competition between liberal democracy and competing ideologies, including various forms of autocracy and new political religions.

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The Tom Sawyer Society at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a student run chapter of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, an organization that seeks to inspire college students to discover, embrace, and advance the principles and virtues that make America free and prosperous. The Tom Sawyer Society exists to foster community intellectual engagement with the ideas that informed and defined the Western tradition and the founding of the United States for the purpose of the development of character in accord with virtue. It seeks to be a non-partisan space for students of all ideological persuasions to thoughtfully discuss important political and cultural issues.

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