Populism: Wake-Up Call to Elites, or Threat to Democracy? | Newberry

Populism: Wake-Up Call to Elites, or Threat to Democracy?

Friday, February 4, 2022

9:30am -12:30pm

The Newberry Library

Dr. Wayne Steger, DePaul University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Populism is a hot topic these days, with many academics and political commentators raising alarms about the threat to democracy posed by Donald Trump’s supporters. This seminar focuses first on the several means of populism and distills that conversation into the traits that are common to these various uses. Second, this session will address the big question of whether populism is a wake-up call to governing elites or a threat to democracy. Populism is a wake-up call in so far as populists seek to give voice to the people, who typically comprise a subset of the population, who have come to see themselves as ignored. But populism also threatens liberal democracy, and defines a political system of majority rule with limits on government for the purpose of protecting political minorities and individual freedoms.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

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