Calendar module icon

Calendar of Events

Browse our listing of great programs and events for all ages. Choose Select a Calendar to view events by category or age group. Select the Community Events calendar to view non-library events held in our meeting rooms. Select Notify Me to sign up for email or text message notifications about library events.

Date:
March 16, 2017
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Woodbury Room
Address:
Jones Library
43 Amity Street

Amherst, MA 01002
Contact:
413-259-3223
Email:
American flag
Facebook Twitter Email

Democracy: What Is It and Why Is It Worth Fighting For?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Today, some believe that the rule of law and democracy are under attack by President Trump and his administration. But could it be this is as much a symptom as a cause of our current crisis? Does America face an erosion of public faith in long taken-for-granted aspects of our political life? This program will explore the current crisis and focus in particular on discussing the meaning and advantages of the rule of law and democratic governance.

About the speaker:
Austin Sarat is President of the Jones Library Board of Trustees.  He is Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell  Professor of Jurisprudence & Political Science at Amherst College.  Author or editor of more than 90 books, his latest book is entitled Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty.

Free & open to the public.