Pierre Rosanvallon’s public lecture, “Populism and Democracy in the 21st Century,” discussed whether democracy has a future, given that the leading parties in many countries seem more interested in cultivating the interests and favor of the elite than with representing mass opinion.

Professor Rosanvallon is an intellectual historian at the College de France.  He is the author of numerous books, including The Demands of Liberty: Civil Society in France since the Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2007), and Democracy Past and Future (Columbia University Press, 2007) .  In addition to AVI, the lecture was sponsored  by the Political Science Department, and a Humanities Futures grant from the Franklin Humanities Institute.