Our World Seminar 2 – Illiberal Democracies

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Our World is a longtime member favorite that lets you get a look at interesting and wide-ranging topics. But sometimes you want a deeper dive into the subject matter. Our World seminars take place at Bobcat Hall in Beachwalker Center over three consecutive Wednesdays, giving you a more in-depth look at one or both of these 2020 topics! Each course costs $60 per person. To register, email [email protected].

Our World veteran Dr. Bryan Ganaway of the College of Charleston’s Honors College will present a three-part lecture series on the rise of three “illiberal democracies” across the globe. In 1989 at the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama wrote an article in Foreign Policy proclaiming the triumph of democracy and capitalism. It appears he was mistaken. The 21st century has seen the rise of what Fareed Zakaria refers to as “illiberal democracies” across the globe. This seminar will explore some of the reasons behind this trend by looking at three case studies: The Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and Hungary. Dr. Ganaway and attendees will work to understand the appeal of illiberal systems to voters in times of change and doubt.