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Tocqueville for the 21st Century: Religion, Democracy, and the Future
April 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us for a presentation by Prof. Joshua Mitchell of Georgetown University on April 6th of 2017. This presentation focus will focus on the thought of Alexis de Tocqueville in light of America’s contemporary political climate, which is in turmoil.
Alexis de Tocqueville, famous for writing Democracy in America in the 1830s, has long been understood as one of the finest commentators on America and the modern world. In light of the problems that have arisen already in the 21st century, what might Alexis de Tocqueville have to say about them? In this talk, Joshua Mitchell will look at contemporary America and its problems, and chart a way past the limited vision of both the political left and political right.
As Christians strive to navigate these confused times with integrity, we have much to learn from scholars like Prof. Mitchell, so we hope you will join us for a stimulating lecture followed by discussion and a reception. This event is open to the public, and you may RSVP by clicking the link below:
Dr. Mitchell is currently professor of political theory. He has been Chairman of the Government Department and also Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at SFS-Q. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr. Mitchell took leave from Georgetown and was the Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West. He has published articles in The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Religion, APSR, and Political Theory. In 1993 his book, NOT BY REASON ALONE: RELIGION, HISTORY, AND IDENTITY IN EARLY MODERN THOUGHT, was published by the University of Chicago Press. A second book, THE FRAGILITY OF FREEDOM: TOCQUEVILLE ON RELIGION, DEMOCRACY, AND THE AMERICAN FUTURE, was published in 1995, also by the University of Chicago Press. In 2006, PLATO’S FABLE: ON THE MORTAL CONDITION IN SHADOWY TIMES, was published by Princeton University Press. His most recent book, TOCQUEVILLE IN ARABIA: DILEMMAS IN A DEMOCRATIC AGE, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled, REINHOLD NEIBUHR AND THE POLITICS OF HOPE.
In addition to teaching at Georgetown University, Dr. Mitchell is an avid conservationist, working to restore his small forest on the Eastern Shore, and working to develop the next generation of solar-electric sailboats