Campus Conversation Sept. 26, 2017 : Defending Democracy

Topic: The Origins of the Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy

Our democracy is in crisis, says Nancy MacLean.

MacLean, a Duke University historian, has spent years of her life unraveling the hows and whys.

On Tuesday, she spoke with the UIC community about what she’s discovered — one piece of the puzzle with two major players: 1986 Nobel prize winner James McGill Buchanan and industry billionaire Charles Koch, the main characters of her most recent book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. She used talking points from the nonfiction title as a platform for this month’s Campus Conversation, a series sponsored by the Office of the Provost where experts are invited to speak about current events. A discussion session, when guests are encouraged to ask questions, now takes place immediately after.

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