Recent political events serve to remind Americans that the United States is “a republic, not a democracy.” Indeed, our Founding Fathers were inspired by the most famous republic in world history, Rome’s, when they wrote the Constitution. This Dialogues seminar will examine the similarities and differences between the Roman Republic and the American model. We’ll look at how each of the two forms of government try to represent “the people” while protecting the interests of a narrow class of elites. Part history, part contemporary reflection, this seminar is sure to stimulate conversations about the balance between stability and equality in political institutions.
TOPICS & SPEAKERS
How Democratic was the Roman Republic Really? With Richard J.A. Talbert, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of History Emeritus
Democracy and Republicanism in the US Constitution with Suzanne Globetti, Teaching Associate Professor of Political Science
The Benefits and Drawbacks of the Republican Model A panel discussion with our speakers
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