Revitalizing Democracy: Sortition, Citizen Power, and Spaces of FreedomHannah Arendt Center 13th Annual Fall Conference
Olin Hall 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Hannah Arendt knew that democracy is tenuous. In 1970 she famously wrote:“Representative government is in crisis today, partly because it has lost, in the course of time, all institutions that permitted the citizens’ actual participation, and partly because it is now gravely affected by the disease from which the party system suffers: bureaucratization and the two parties’ tendency to represent nobody except the party machines.”
The Center's annual conferences are known for bringing together speakers from diverse careers to think in public about the most important issues of our time. Previous conferences have explored the economic crisis, education, surveillance, and privacy. In conjuction with the conference, the center sponsors an annual student competition and a student debate.