Roots Of Democracy Series

  • Presented By: Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Dates: 4/15/2021

Explore the complex and diverse origins of America's guiding principle 

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters presents a series of online discussions that explore the cultural and philosophical roots of American democracy, from the democratic experiment in ancient Greece to the influence of Indigenous governing systems. For the Roots of Democracy series, scholars and experts from a range of disciplines—classics, ethics, political science, First Nations studies, and law—offer conversational presentations that explore questions about inherent rights, responsibilities, participation, and the tensions between social good and individual freedom.

Together we’ll examine how different approaches to participatory democracy have informed our present Constitution, and consider what we can still learn from these democracies to forge a “more perfect” union in the future. This series will take a particularly close look at several traditions of Indigenous governance and the fundamental conflicts that challenge the relationships between First Nations and the U.S. government. To further the conversation, videos of each presentation will be archived on our website, along with reading lists and links to additional resources.

These online discussions and Q&As are open to the public with advance online registration (Zoom information is provided upon registration). Each event will begin at 6 PM. 

Thursday, March 4th - Founding Narratives: The Evolution of Ancient Athenian and Early American Democracy

Thursday, March 25th - Post-Contact Indigenous Governance

Thursday, April 1th - Balancing Individual Interests and the Common Good