Sep
11
7:00 pm

Thursday, Sep. 11, 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts

How New Hampshire Saved America

Lawrence Lessig - courtesy photo/Yanai Yechiel

Americans believe our government is broken. According to a recent Gallup Poll, fixing the government is the most important issue for Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. In this talk, Professor Lessig explains the fundamental corruption that has taken hold of our government and how we, the People, have lost touch with our Framers’ values.

New Hampshire has a critical role in restoring the Republic that the Framers promised. Professor Lessig examines how recent efforts—including the ongoing “New Hampshire Rebellion”—are mobilizing citizens to band together and form a movement capable of effecting fundamental and lasting change.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It. 

All Sidore lectures are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be picked up at the Silver Center Box Office. Reservations are recommended: call (603) 535-ARTS. A reception with light refreshments follows each lecture.

For more information on the series, visit the Sidore Lecture Series website.


Oct
21
7:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts

News and Democracy: Why Are Citizens So Misinformed?

A healthy democracy depends upon a well-informed citizenry. The rise of partisan news outlets and the emergence of journalistic techniques for attracting audience attention, such as excessive sensationalism and negativity, have contributed to the public’s misunderstanding of political issues.

America needs a better form of journalism—one that more regularly delivers news that is relevant and trustworthy. The creation of such a form is a significant challenge both to news organizations and schools of journalism.

Thomas Patterson is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and author of Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism.

All Sidore lectures are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be picked up at the Silver Center Box Office. Reservations are recommended: call (603) 535-ARTS. A reception with light refreshments follows each lecture.

For more information on the series, visit the Sidore Lecture Series website.


Nov
17
7:00 pm

Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts

Voting Laws are Racist

Curtailing early voting. Felony disenfranchisement. Voter ID laws. Eliminating same-day voter registration. For the political right, these are necessary steps to eliminate voter fraud and protect electoral legitimacy. For the political left, these measures are flagrant attempts to keep their core constituencies from the polls. This talk empirically adjudicates between these views while locating the state-level consideration and adoption of restrictive voter access policies in the larger electoral context of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on campaign finance.

Erin O’Brien is associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and the author of The Politics of Identity: Solidarity Building Among America’s Working Poor.

All Sidore lectures are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be picked up at the Silver Center Box Office. Reservations are recommended: call (603) 535-ARTS. A reception with light refreshments follows each lecture.

For more information on the series, visit the Sidore Lecture Series website.



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