WEEKLY TOPICS Wk 1. What is Democracy – Forms of democracy in the Modern World Wk 2. The Threat to Democracy – How is democracy threatened in the United States and other countries? Wk 3. Causes of the Threats to Democracy – What is producing the threats to Democracy? Wk 4. Defending Democracy – How can democracy be protected and strengthened? Wk 5. Group Fair – Options for action ABOUT MICHAEL KRASNER, PROFESSOR AT QUEENS COLLEGE An expert in government and politics, Michael Krasner is co-director of Queen's College’s Taft Institute for Government, which promotes better understanding of the political process among young people; he also is associate director of the Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change. Since 1970 he has taught courses on politics and the media; presidential, gubernatorial and mayoral elections; American foreign policy; public policy; and arms control and disarmament.
Forum/discussion: What is Democracy? The first event in the Let’s Talk Democracy 2019 fall civics education series: Can Democracy Survive? Led by Professor Michael Krasner of Queens College, these forum/discussions focus on benefits and vulnerabilities of democracies in the modern world and highlight those that are under attack today. Each event will discuss issues and some of the causes that are weakening our democracy. Possible responses to these worrisome trends will be featured at all events.