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Humanities West: Democracy Then and Now

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02 Sat Feb 2019

Humanities West: Democracy Then and Now

Humanities West: Democracy Then and Now

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at at 10am
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 2nd Floor
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco 

Humanities West presents: Democracy Then and Now: From Ancient Greece to This Week

In Conversation with Josiah Ober (Political Science and Classics, Stanford), Walter Scheidel (Classics, Stanford), and Caroline Winterer (Stanford Humanities Center, Classics, and History); moderated by Tyler Stovall (History, Dean of Humanities at UCSC). Join us for a scintillating conversation on the ancient principles of democracy, oligarchy, and dictatorship; on the Roman Republic experiment and its failure of Empire; on the implications of Ancient Greece and Rome for American intellectual life and its representative democracy; on the contemporary relevance of ancient Greek political thought and practice; on inequality in democratic societies; and more! Rush Rehm (Theater and Classics, Stanford) presents a special performance of Stanford Repertory Theatre’s Democratically Speaking. Democratically Speaking explores the idea and realities of “democracy,” from ancient Greece forward—a powerful smorgasbord of speeches, writings, and rubrics about democracy across 2,500 years. This staged reading with Courtney Walsh and Thomas Freeland features a timely exploration of “people power” (the root meaning of demos + kratos), a compelling challenge to all of us now.

HUMANITIES WEST transports you across time and around the globe for colorful perspectives on the many sources of our modern cultures. Serving the Bay Area since 1983, our diverse lecture/performance series illuminates people and places at the intersections of history, fine art, the performing arts, social history, politics, and philosophy of the arts. Our unique multidisciplinary approach is designed to entertain and educate the intellectually curious, whether you are an arts lover, scholar, student, travel buff, or life-long learner.

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