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Founding Narratives: The Evolution of Ancient Athenian and Early American Democracy

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March 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Roots of Democracy Series
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The concept of democracy is constantly evolving. The framers of the U.S. Constitution had surprisingly diverse visions for American democracy, and found inspiration in multiple sources, including classical scholars from ancient Greece and the Roman Republic and the theoretical work of Enlightenment philosophers such as John Locke and Charles Montesquieu. 

Join the Wisconsin Academy via Zoom for a Roots of Democracy Series discussion with two historians who will provide participants with an introduction to early Classical and Enlightenment experiments in democracy and the way ideas from these periods ultimately shaped the American Constitution.  This online discussion and Q&A is open to the public with advance online registration (Zoom information is provided upon registration). Download reading list here.

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The Roots of Democracy series is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination.
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Contributors

Adriana Brook obtained her PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto in 2014. Her first book, Tragic Rites: Narrative and Ritual in Sophoclean Tragedy, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2018.

John Kaminski founded and still directs the Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the Department of History at UW-Madison, where he has co-edited thirty-five volumes of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and has written, edited, or co-edited thirty other books on the Revolutionary era.

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