Contemporary Civilization with Nicole Callahan CC'05, TC'17, Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization

A Democracy, If You Can Keep It: Why CC (at 100) Still Matters 

Shortly after the 1787 Constitutional Convention, a famous story goes, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government this new constitution would create if adopted, and he replied, “A republic ... if you can keep it.” This class will address how CC can be seen as a site of democratic hope, where texts like John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty help us to see that the underlying and essential principles of democracy, and the fundamental issues of justice, of citizenship, and of rights and responsibilities are alive and well.

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