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June 2019

Singapore and Chicago: Modern Global Cities in Social Transition

June 22, 2019 at 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Singapore and Chicago became vibrant centers of global commerce in the late 19th century, and they remain major cities in contemporary economic and cultural life. They are also places in which the most notable patterns of modern social life continue to evolve, though in the different contexts of Southeast Asia and the American Midwest. Two experts in social and economic history, both long-time Chicago residents, will examine how these cities have evolved through changing economic contexts, urban redevelopment, modern socio-political…

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Authoritarian Populism and Endangered Democracies

June 29, 2019 at 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

The end of the Cold War led some analysts to believe that the demise of communism in Eastern Europe would ensure a steady expansion of democracy throughout the world. Democratic values and institutions are currently facing new challenges around the globe, however, and this seminar will examine some of the places in which anti-democratic trends are evoking concerns. Interdisciplinary faculty from Carolina will discuss recent events in Turkey, Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Britain and Germany, providing perspectives to interpret the meaning…

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