University of Nevada, Las Vegas: “Polarized America: Fulfillment or Derailment of Madison’s Vision?”
The Great Works Academic Certificate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will be hosting JMC faculty partner Colleen Sheehan for a lecture on James Madison and the current political polarization in America:
America is fragmented and factionalized, a nation internally at war with itself. The division among the citizens is marked by animosity and distrust, for which there is no easy remedy in sight. James Madison, one of the major architects of the American constitutional order, claimed that the latent causes of faction are sown in human nature. The multiplicity of interests and views can make for a stable and healthy society, he argued. Why, then, is the present political situation so destabilizing and destructive of civic health? How would Madison assess our current predicament? Might he have some further “advice for [his] country” as it edges its way, once again, towards dissolution?
To attend virtually, send an email to Professor Fott (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the link.
Thursday, November 18, 2021 • 4:00 PM PST
John S. Wright Hall, Building C, 148 • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Free and open to the public
Colleen Sheehan is the Director of Graduate Studies in the School for Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University and previously Director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center and Professor of Politics at Villanova University. She is author of James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government (Cambridge University Press, 2009), co-editor of Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the Other Federalists 1787-1788, and author of numerous articles on the American Founding and eighteenth century political and moral thought which have appeared in journals such as William and Mary Quarterly, American Political Science Review, Review of Politics, and Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal.
Professor Sheehan is a JMC faculty partner.
The Great Works Academic Certificate Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides students with an opportunity to take part in a conversation with some of the best thinkers of all time. The study of great works in philosophy, politics, literature, sciences, religion, and the fine arts encourages critical thinking. Such study confronts what it means to be human and thus immeasurably enhances a person’s daily life. The program also gives students who want to pursue graduate education early experience in grappling with original works of theory and literature such as they will inevitably encounter in graduate school.
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