“Of the People”?: Democracy in Danger | Global Leadership Youth Program

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Monday, July 5, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, July 9, 2021 - 11:45am
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This is a module of the Global Leadership Youth Program, open to students in Grades 8 – 12. For more information about GLYP Summer ’21, click here.
In the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln called on his fellow citizens to act so that “government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” In 1863, representative democracies were the exception rather than the rule; one hundred sixty years later, decades of decolonization and the fall of the Berlin Wall broke open the constitutional floodgates with new governments pledging to protect individual liberties. Yet two decades into the twenty-first century, the temptations of illiberal democracy have fueled the rise of the autocratic leaders threatening the hope and promise of the people’s rule. This module will explore the contemporary tendency towards authoritarianism and ask whether the world’s democracies can nobly preserve what Lincoln called “the last best hope of earth.”
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