International democracy focus of UW-Whitewater lecture series

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Staff | August 26, 2014

WHITEWATER—The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Office of Continuing Education and Fairhaven Senior Services are presenting “Democracy Today: An International Perspective” as the theme for their fall, 10-week community lecture series on Mondays, beginning Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 W. Starin Road, Whitewater.

For over 30 years, UW-Whitewater faculty members have delivered more than 600 lectures to an estimated 20,000 attendees on topics from politics and history to art and technology.

Lectures in the “Democracy Today: An International Perspective” series will address questions such as: What is the state of democracy in the world today? Who are the advocates of democracy and how do they make their voices known in the ballot box, in street demonstrations, and via social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook? Presenters and community members will explore democracy's challenges and its future from the promise of the Arab Spring to the everyday witnesses of revolution, and in this way, examine our increasingly democratic world and what it really means to participate.

The titles and presenters of the lectures for the Fall Series are:

Sept. 8, “Challenges to the Democracies of Great Britain, India, and Nigeria,” presented by Jane Gottlick, lecturer, political science

Sept. 15, “Democracy in Mali and Iran: Personal Accounts from International Students,” presented by Nana Maiga & Shirin Bouzari, international undergraduate students

Sept. 22, “The 'Perpetual Crises of Democracy' in Latin America,” presented by Anne Hamilton, lecturer, political science

Sept. 29, “Trapped Between Colonial Legacies and Dysfunctional Leaders: Democratic Successes and Challenges in Nigeria,” presented by Adam Paddock, assistant professor, history

Oct. 6, “The Arab Spring: Democracy and Social Protest in the Middle East,” presented by Molly Patterson, assistant professor, history

Oct. 13, “Democracy in Retreat? The Challenge of Democracy After the “Third Wave,'” presented by F. Peter Wagner, associate professor, political science

Oct. 27,“The Transition to Democracy in Mexico: A Check-Up,” presented by Bert Kreitlow, lecturer, history

Nov. 3,“Is Democracy Possible in the Middle East? Exploring the Egyptian Spring,” presented by Hala Ghoneim, assistant professor, languages and literatures

Nov. 10, “Internet in China: Enhancing Democracy or Net Vigilantism,” presented by Katrina Liu, assistant professor, curriculum and instruction

Nov. 17, “Iran and Democracy,” presented by Zohreh Ghavamshahidi, professor, political science

All lectures are free and open to the public. Street parking is adjacent to the building.

For those unable to attend, links to videos of lectures, including those from prior series, can be found at

Those with disabilities who need special accommodations should make a request as soon as possible. Requests are confidential. Please contact Kari Borne at 262-472-1003 or for further information.

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