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Patrick Deneen

Garfield Center for Public Leadership – Spring Seminar

Is American Democracy Doomed?

There is widespread concern about the health and even the viability of American democracy. As part of its series of seminars on the future of American democracy, the Garfield Center for Public Leadership will host the political philosopher Patrick Deneen, who argues that American democracy is in fact fundamentally flawed because the premises of its undergirding ideology are untenable.

Speaker: Patrick Deneen, Ph.D.
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Location: Hiram College – Kennedy Center Ballroom

Patrick J. Deneen holds a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University.  From 1995-1997 he was Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency.  From 1997-2005 he was Assistant Professor of Government at Princeton University.  From 2005-2012 he was Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University, before joining the faculty of Notre Dame in Fall 2012.  He is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles and reviews and has delivered invited lectures around the world.

Deneen was awarded the A.P.S.A.’s Leo Strauss Award for Best Dissertation in Political Theory in 1995, and an honorable mention for the A.P.S.A.’s Best First Book Award in 2000.  He has been awarded research fellowships from Princeton University, Earhart Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Virginia.

His teaching and writing interests focus on the history of political thought, American political thought, liberalism, conservatism, and constitutionalism.

Published books include:

  • Toward a Postliberal Future (Penguin, 2023)
  • Why Liberalism Failed (Yale University Press, 2018)
  • Conserving America? Thoughts on Present Discontents  (St. Augustine Press, 2016)
  • Democratic Faith  (Princeton University Press, 2005)
  • The Odyssey of Political Theory  (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000)
  • Democracy’s Literature (ed.),  (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005)
  •  The Democratic Soul (ed.),  (University Press of Kentucky, 2011)
  •  Redeeming Democracy in America (ed.),  (University Press of Kansas, 2011)

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Feb 15 2024


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Kennedy Center Ballroom


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