Patrick Deneen speaks to Focus students about the history of liberalism

Nora Hanagan/ December 10, 2018/ Lecture

Patrick Deneen spoke to Focus students about the difference between ancient and modern conceptions of freedom. His talk touched on themes from his most recent book, Why Liberalism Failed.  During his trip to Duke, Professor Deneen also gave a public lecture sponsored by the Kenan Institute, and spoke to Frank Stasio, the host of WUNC’s The State of Things, about the limitations of American liberalism.  Listen to the full interview here.  Professor Deneen teaches Political Science at the University of

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Jean Yarborough gives Constitution Day Lecture

David Frisch/ October 28, 2018/ Lecture

This is the first of a series of blog posts written by Duke undergraduates. David Frish is a junior and political science major.   In honor of Constitution Day, Professor Jean Yarbrough of Bowdoin College spoke to Duke University undergraduates on September 20th and 21st. But for Bowdoin’s Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences in Bowdoin’s department of Government and Legal Studies, this visit was more than a Constitution Day talk—it was also a reunion. Almost two decades ago,

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Pierre Rosanvallon gives public lecture on populism

Nora Hanagan/ March 20, 2018/ Lecture

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

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Kay Hymowitz speaks to Focus students about gentrification

Nora Hanagan/ October 12, 2017/ Lecture, Uncategorized

Kay Hymowitz spoke to undergraduates about her most recent book, The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Hymowitz is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of numerous books, including Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys (Basic Books, 2011) and Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age (Ivan Dee, 2007).