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Authors to discuss How Democracies Die at Loyola’s Hanway Lecture

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, political scientists at Harvard University and co-authors of award-winning book, How Democracies Die, will deliver Loyola University Maryland’s Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The event will also be livestreamed.

Levitzky and Ziblatt will present “Killing Democracies from Within.” The moderated discussion will explore how elected leaders weaken democracies from the inside by degrading the government’s ability to function and by stoking polarization in society to funnel power to themselves. The rise of authoritarian governments conjures images of violent dictators, revolutions, and mobs, but Levitsky and Ziblatt will show how political changes are usually slow-building and subtle. 

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Hanway Lecture Livestream

For those joining the event virtually, the link to the livestream can be found here.


The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for in-person and virtual attendance. Please consider submitting a question for the moderated discussion.

Any faculty member who is interested in bringing their class to the lecture should email academicevents@loyola.edu to confirm the number of students in each class.

About the Speakers
steven levitsky, photo credit stephanie mitchell Steven Levitsky is the David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he serves on the executive committee for the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
daniel ziblatt, photo credit stephanie mitchell Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University where he is also a resident faculty associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Levitsky and Ziblatt are co-chairs of the new Challenges to Democracy Research Cluster at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center.

About the Hanway Lecture

Through the Hanway Lecture in Global Studies at Loyola University Maryland, the University brings noteworthy leaders to campus to share timely, relevant insight into today’s global society. In addition to fostering global awareness on campus, the Hanway Lecture engages a broader conversation throughout the region. The Hanway Lecture is an endowed series made possible by a gift from Ellen and Ed Hanway, a member of the University's Class of 1974 and former chair of Loyola’s Board of Trustees.