SSRC: Anxieties of Democracy: Are the People the Problem?


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With: Georges C. Benjamin Executive Director, American Public Health Association; Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health 2010-2011Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), FNAPA, Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He previously was the secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, from 1999 - 2002 following four years as its deputy secretary for public health services. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, state, and national level with expertise in the areas of emergency preparedness, administration and infectious diseases. Dr. Benjamin serves as publisher of the field's premier journal, the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health Newspaper and the APHA's timeless publication on infectious diseases, the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.Theodore Brown Professor, Department of Health Sciences University of Rochester Medical CenterTheodore Brown is a historian of medicine, public health, and health policy. He has conducted research on the history of the biopsychosocial approach and on translational medicine; the history of twentieth and early twenty-first century U.S. health policy; the influence of organized philanthropy on medical research, health policy, and medical education, and the history of American and global public health. He is a Contributing Editor for History of the American Journal of Public Health.Clay Bennett Editorial Cartoonist, Chattanooga Times Free PressClay Bennett is an American editorial cartoonist. Currently drawing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

SSRC: Anxieties of Democracy: Are the People the Problem?

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Join us for the final program in the series “Anxieties of Democracy,” presented by the Social Science Research Council at Roosevelt House. The SSRC has convened a group of experts on this subject to explore how representative democracy can be strengthened at a time when there is great concern about whether the country’s core institutions — elections, political parties, legislatures, interest groups, social movements, and mass media — are capable of addressing the great questions of our time.

The evening will be devoted to the relationship of citizens to key institutions, degrees of public knowledge and patterns of political participation. This event will specifically examine the role of human behavior in the political process, and how it can be an agent — and also roadblock — to political and economic development.

The conversation will moderated by Roosevelt House Interim Director, Jonathan Fanton. The panel features two leading experts on American society: Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Paul Starr, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.