Seminar: Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Excerpts)

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Apr 27, 2019


10:30 am - 12:30 pm


UCLA Law School, Faculty Library (Room 2326)
385 Charles E Young Dr. E
Los Angeles

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UCLA Law School, Faculty Library (Room 2326)

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In addition to this seminar, Joshua Mitchell will be giving a lecture entitled, “Globalism and the Crisis of Inheritance,” on April 25. For more information on this lecture, please visit the event page.


Registration for the seminar with Joshua Mitchell is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members.  The excerpts from Democracy in America will be distributed in advance to participants, who will be expected to read them and participate actively in the discussion. A pizza lunch will be delivered at the end of the seminar. To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at


Joshua Mitchell is professor of political theory at Georgetown University. His books include Not By Reason Alone: Religion, History, and Identity in Early Modern Thought; The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future; Plato’s Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times; and, most recently, Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age. He has served Chairman of the Government Department at Georgetown and also as Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar. During the 2008-10 academic years, he served as Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West. A current project is a book manuscript entitled Reinhold Niebuhr and the Politics of Hope.