A major narrative in 2016 election analysis has been about those who were "left behind" -- whether by political elites or economic order or cultural change. But who exactly has been left behind? And how might forces like automation and the internet help to carry all citizens forward rather than hold some back? In the aftermath of the election, should we be pessimistic or hopeful about the prospects for the first global generation. Howard Dean -- former governor of Vermont, candidate for the 2004 Democratic nomination for president, and chair of the Democratic National Committee -- will offer his thoughts on these questions and more.
Howard Dean was governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003, serving five two-year terms, making him the longest-serving governor in Vermont history. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president in 2004, and then served as chair of the DNC from 2005 to 2010. His successful 50-state strategy as head of the DNC is credited with Democratic congressional victories in 2006 and 2008, as well as President Barack Obama’s victory in 2008.
He is the author of You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country and Restore Democracy in America (Simon & Schuster, 2004), Winning Back America (Simon & Schuster, 2003) about his life and the people and events that shaped him, beginning with his upbringing in New York, through his medical career, his service as governor of Vermont, and his presidential campaign.
Dean pioneered Internet-based fundraising and grassroots organizing, which is centered on mass appeal to small donors, and is seen as more cost efficient than the more expensive contacting of fewer potential larger donors, and promotes active participatory democracy among the general public. He used these methods when founding Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, in 2004.
Sponsored by the Program in Leadership Studies.
Thursday, January 12 at 7:30pm
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