Is the US a democracy or a republic?

February 28, 2024 6:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle, Livestream (Hybrid)

Headshot of Anand Gopal, an Indian man looking at the camera in front of a bookcase, wearing a white tee and unbutton dark grey shirt


This lecture will explore the rise and fall of American democracy in the context of historical thinking about what makes democracies flourish. It will draw from historical examples to suggest ways of fixing America’s democracy.

The lecture will include CART captioning, in person and livestreaming.

About the speaker

Anand Gopal

Writer, New Yorker Magazine; Assistant Research Professor, Arizona State University

Anand Gopal is a writer and scholar covering democracy and inequality. He is a writer for The New Yorker magazine. He is the author of “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes,” which won the Ridenhour Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award. He has won the George Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, and multiple Overseas Press Club awards for his reporting from Iraq and Syria. He received his PhD from Columbia University, where he studied network analysis, and is a professor at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University.

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