What is needed to keep a democracy healthy?

South Carolina Humanities and Lander University are pleased to present “What is needed to keep a democracy healthy?” one of eleven virtual programs in the South Carolina Humanities Electoral Initiative.

Dr. Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University, will share insights from his best-selling book How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), co-authored with Daniel Ziblatt, and discuss the challenges that democracies face in the 21st century.  Lander University will host the live, virtual webinar on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:30 PM. Watch this interview with Dr. Levitsky conducted two weeks after Election Day 2020 to prepare for the webinar. Click here to register for the event and watch the recording.  Suggested readings for this event can be found here.  If you view the program, please click here to take our brief survey.

How Democracies Die is a New York Times best-selling book that won the Goldsmith Book Prize, was shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize, and was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Time, and Foreign Affairs. Levitsky, an expert on democratization, authoritarianism, parties, and political systems, has also written several books with a particular focus on Latin America including Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (Cambridge, 2010).

The South Carolina Humanities Electoral Initiative is part of a national initiative entitled “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Through “Why It Matters,” 43 humanities councils will explore the history, importance, and impact of the American electoral process.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.