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Bard College Berlin Presents
Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Lecture Series on Popular Sovereignty

Bard College Berlin / Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin
Modern constitutional democracies rest on the principle of popular sovereignty. The idea that ultimate authority is vested in the people has served to ground constitutional orders and legitimize political power in the modern world. With the recent rise of authoritarian parties and governments that assert popular legitimacy to question constitutional principles as necessary buttresses of democratic regimes, the viability and soundness of “rule of the people” has come under intense scrutiny.

Co-hosted by Bard College Berlin and the Law and Society Institute at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Lecture Series on Popular Sovereignty convenes distinguished scholars, political analysts, and civil society activists to probe contemporary dilemmas of democratic government and examine the challenges confronting the concept and practice of popular sovereignty today.

Organized by Bard College Berlin and the Law and Society Institute at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
With the support of the American Social Science Research Council

Program
October 10, 2019 | 19:30 | Bard College Berlin, Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, 13156 Berlin
Geoffrey Harpham (Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University) 
The Nation in The Birth of a Nation

October 31, 2019 | 18:15 | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
David Dyzenhaus (Faculty of Law, University of Toronto) 
Brexit and the Legal Idea of Sovereignty

November 20, 2019 | 18:15 | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Ivan Krastev (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen)
Making Sense of the Long 1989

November 21, 2019 | 19:30 | Bard College Berlin, Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, 13156 Berlin
Adam Davis (Oregon Humanities)
The Voices of the People: From Dreams of Self-Rule to Practices of Mutual Understanding

December 10, 2019 | 18:15 | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Daniel Ziblatt (Department of Government, Harvard University; Axel Springer Fellow, American Academy in Berlin)
The Rise and Fall of Democracy: Lessons From the Past for Today  

January 21, 2020 | 18:15 | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Dieter Grimm (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
Popular Sovereignty as Dormant Sovereignty

All Humboldt events will take place in: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Unter den Linden 9, 10117 Berlin, Raum 213

Admission free

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

Location: Bard College Berlin / Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin

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