December 16, 2017
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UNE Center for Global Humanities presents ‘Is Democracy Just?’

Community Author: Jennie Aranovitch
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Jason Brennan
Jason Brennan

PORTLAND — As Americans, we are raised to believe that democracy is the ideal form of government. It gives us all an equal share of political power. It is intrinsically just. According to scholar Jason Brennan, however, the outcomes of past and present democracies don’t match this lofty rhetoric. Brennan thinks we should explore other, potentially better, forms of government.

Drawing from his controversial book Against Democracy, Brennan will visit the University of New England Center for Global Humanities to present a lecture titled “Is Democracy Just?” The lecture will take place Friday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion on the UNE Portland Campus.

Brennan will explain why democracy lends itself to the rule of the ignorant and irrational, and will argue instead for epistocracy, the rule of the knowledgeable.

The Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Chair of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University, Brennan is the author of seven books on politics, government and ethics. Upon the 2016 release of Against Democracy, reviews and articles about it ran in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and many other national publications.

This is the fourth lecture of the 2016-2017 series for the Center for Global Humanities. In total, nine scholars will visit this academic year, presenting lectures that are free, open to the public, and streamed live online.

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About the Center for Global Humanities

The Center for Global Humanities offers lectures by leading scholars to help us better understand the challenges besetting our civilization and outline new solutions for nations and peoples to live together without prejudice. Global in perspective, the Center’s lectures are streamed live on the Internet, allowing our speakers to answer questions from any country. Because the Center believes in the vital necessity of a humanities culture to civic and democratic life, it works closely with the local community to encourage reading, discussion, and debate. The Center was founded in 2009 by UNE scholar Anouar Majid, Ph.D., who serves as its director.

About the University of New England

The University of New England is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical and dental schools—part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions. UNE. Innovation for a Healthier Planet. Visit

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