Leading Experts and Expert Leaders: Spring Lectures at the UW Print
Democracy today is at a crossroads.  Conventional wisdom tells us that democracies take root through the top-down establishment of free and fair elections and functional legislative bodies. But according to UW Professor Joel S. Migdal, recent world events suggest that 21st-century democracies will likely be created from the ground up—and that Seattle may provide a useful model. He’ll explain why in the 2008 Provost Distinguished Lecture, one of many impressive public lectures scheduled at the UW this spring thanks to the UW Alumni Association and its campus partners.

In “Fostering Democracy from the Ground Up: Combating World Poverty and the Exclusion of the Poor,” Migdal will discuss how American democracy evolved through top-down systems—and how, by contrast, today’s “Seattle Model” of private non-profits working on global health and education in the third world may provide the framework for a broader expansion of democracy in the future. The Robert F. Phillip Professor of International Studies at the UW, Migdal is also an expert in Middle Eastern affairs and, particularly, the Arab/Israeli conflict.

Here are some other highlights from the UWAA spring lectures lineup:
• The Foster School of Business’s annual CEO Lunch Series continues on March 4 with an address from Tod Leiweke of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment. On April 1, it’s Robert W. Cremin of Esterline Technologies. Scott E. Carson, ’85, CEO and president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will close out the series May 6.
• Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt will give the UW Libraries Blom Lecture on March 7. Her most recent book is Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks, which the Boston Globe called a “portrait … of a devastatingly sensitive man who teaches himself to approach the world with a profound humility.”
• Wednesdays in April, David Domke and Mark Smith will discuss economics and religion, and how these two forces came to dominate American political debate, in “Faith and Finance: The Twin Pillars of American Politics”—a lecture series put on by the College of Arts and Sciences. Domke is an associate professor of communication and the author of The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America. Smith, an associate professor of political science, published The Right Talk: How Conservatives Transformed the Great Society Into the Economic Society in 2007.
• On April 22, Kenneth B. Pyle will discuss “Leadership and the Legacy of Scoop Jackson” in the UW Bothell Leadership Lecture. Pyle was a longtime friend and adviser to Jackson, and now holds a professorship of history and Asian studies named for the late senator.
• And on May 3, it’s a 10th-anniversary celebration of the UW Tacoma social work program: “Changing Lives, Enriching Communities: Partners for Social Justice — Tacoma, 1998–2008.” Along with a lecture by Professor Barbara Levy Simon, the event will include a reception and a community dialogue on the future of social work education in the South Sound.

For complete information on any of these lectures, and to register, visit Endless Campus: Lectures page.