Conference: “The Struggle for Democracy”
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
RSVP by June 11: firstname.lastname@example.org
With German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Jutta Allmendinger (WZB Berlin), Heinz Bude (University of Kassel), Claire Jean Kim (UC Irvine), Ananya Roy (UCLA), Marcelo Suárez-Orozco (UCLA), Fonna Forman (UC San Diego), Edwin T. Cruz (UC San Diego) and Helmut Anheier (Hertie School of Governance)
Thomas Mann stated after the rise of National Socialism and the end of the Weimar Republic. After living in France and Switzerland, Thomas Mann found refuge and a home in the United States. During his time in in the U.S., he comprehensively addressed questions of democratic renewal, freedom, and exile in his literary works, lectures, and essays. Through his radio messages broadcast by the BBC, he became the most important German voice in exile.
Eighty-five years after Thomas Mann’s escape, the realization that demo- cracy is vulnerable has become a shared experience on both sides of the Atlantic. The cohesion of democratic polities is endangered both in Europe and the United States. Segregation threatens to supersede ex- change; confrontation supplants compromise. While political camps in Germany and the U.S. seem more and more irreconcilable, alternatives to democracy gain in confidence. It is becoming increasingly clear that the struggle for democracy has once again become one of the most important issues of our time.