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Virtual Event: Return to the Classroom - Vol. 1

  • 10/20/2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual Event (Details provided to Registrants)

The Northeast Corridor Office of Alumni Affairs and Development invites you to:

Book Talk on Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy with Professor Suzanne Mettler MA '92, PhD '94


While many Americans despair of the current state of U.S. politics, when we examine the past, we find that the United States has undergone repeated crises of democracy throughout its history. During this charged election year, taking lessons from these crises is more important than ever.

Join us to hear from co-author and College of Arts and Sciences John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions Suzanne Mettler MA '92, PhD '94 on her new book, "Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy". In conversation with NBC's David Gura A&S '06, explore moments in history when democracy in the U.S. was under siege, and the four distinct characteristics of disruption that emerge. What lessons can we learn to strengthen and renew our democracy now? What can Americans do to give everyone a voice?

Want to read the book ahead of time? Order now >>

About the speakers (pictured above, left to right)

SUZANNE METTLER MA '92, PhD '94 is the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Government Department at Cornell University. She is the author of five books, and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, and several book awards. In 2017, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Follow @SuzanneMettler1 and read more >> 

DAVID GURA A&S '06 is a correspondent for NBC and anchor on MSNBC, contributing regularly to “NBC Nightly News” and “TODAY”. He regularly reports for MSNBC’s dayside and primetime programs, including “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams,” “Deadline: White House,” and “MTP Daily.” He anchors special coverage of key national and world events, often from the field. Recently, his reporting has centered on the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. For almost two years, he hosted “Up with David Gura” on weekend mornings on MSNBC. During the 2020 primary, Gura interviewed many of the Democratic presidential candidates. Follow @davidgura and read more >>

Praise for Four Threats: The Recurring Crises of American Democracy

“A rich and textured account of American history through which to understand where we are today. When you finish this book, you'll be neither complacent nor despairing. But you'll be more ready to act intelligently to deal with the challenges we face."

—William Kristol, director, Defending Democracy Together

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