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Enslavement, Dignity, and Genres of Freedom

Sat, April 13th, 2019
9:00 am
- 10:30 am

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Enslavement, Dignity, and Genres of Freedom

Join us for the first panel in the conference on Democracy and Freedom Between Past and Future, in which distinguished group of panelists will examine the theory and practice of two key concepts that have integrally shaped discourses and phenomena from antiquity to our contemporary moment. What is a democracy? What does it mean to refer to a democracy dying or being forged? How are we to understand freedom? Should we link or decouple freedom and slavery? What is the relationship between democracy and freedom? Are democracy and freedom mutually reinforcing or incompatible ideals? To what extent do our interpretations of democracy and freedom impact notions such as statecraft, civil society, family, the individual, groups, and governance? Do conceptions of race, gender, sex, sexuality, class, ability, and nation transform the theoretical frameworks and real-world articulations of the free life and democratic life?

Panelists for session one:

Nick Bromell, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
“Power, Dignity, Rights: The Political Philosophy of Frederick Douglass”

Jasmine Syedullah, Vassar College
“The Hearts We Beat: Reflections on the Kinds of Freedom She Wanted While Still within the Hold of Slavery”

All are welcome! Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies. Tag us on Social Media using #DemocracyFreedomWilliams

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