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Our events bring thought-provoking conversations about democracy to the Penn State community and beyond. All events are free and open to anyone. Please click on the link associated with each event to register for in-person or virtual attendance. 

NOTE: In accordance with Penn State policy, all individuals are required to wear face masks inside all campus buildings, regardless of their vaccination status.

Robert Kagan: Our Constitutional Crisis Is Already Here

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
Online or in-person location TBD


In a provocative op-ed for The Washington Post, Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, argued that the United States is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years of incidents of mass violence, a breakdown of federal authority, and the division of the country into warring red and blue enclaves. Kagan will discuss these arguments and more during his lecture. 

This event is co-sponsored by Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs.

Peter Pomerantsev: This is Not Propaganda 

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library or Online


Peter Pomerantsev, a senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University,  takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age, where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, “behavioral change” salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, Pomerantsev finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia — but the answers he finds there are not what he expected. 

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the University Libraries.