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Mass Humanities Symposium Session I: Capital Ideas

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The 10th annual Mass Humanities Symposium, titled “E Pluribus Paralysis: Can We Make Our Democracy Work?,” focuses on constructive ideas for making American democracy work at a time when “the corrupting influence of money, the manipulation of elections and the enduring legacy of social, racial and gender divisions have eroded confidence in America’s political system.”

Session I panelists Thomas Mann, the W. Averell Harriman Chair at the Brookings Institution; Zephyr Teachout, associate professor of Law at Fordham University; and Alan Wolfe, professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, discuss the increasingly significant role of campaign spending in both electoral and regulatory politics, the implications of this for our democracy, and arguments and proposals for mitigating the influence of money in federal and state politics.

All three sessions are moderated by broadcast journalist Jane Clayson.

Format: Panel Discussion
Length: 83 minutes

Presenter(s): Jane Clayson, Thomas Mann, Zephyr Teachout, and Alan Wolfe

Date: November 9, 2013

Location: The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

Sponsor(s): Office of Marketing Communications

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/masshum1/

The information on this page is accurate as of November 2013