Democracy today is at a crossroads. Conventional wisdom suggests democracies are founded upon the notion of a government by the people, yet have all people been represented by modern democracies? Joel Migdal, professor of international studies at the University of Washington, investigates the exclusion of the poor from the very institutions that determine their fates. What, then, is democracy? And can the “Seattle model,” based upon working from the ground up, provide an expansion of true democracy?
On Nov. 17, 2011 the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies hosted a talk entitled “Israel: Social Revolution and Regional Isolation,” with Joel S. Migdal, Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near & Middle East Studies and Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies’ 2011-2012 lectures are part of the 10th anniversary of the center.
If you had President Obama’s ear for a few minutes, what would you most want to tell him? That was the question posed to UW College of Arts and Sciences faculty in disciplines ranging from biology to music to international studies.