Pell Center’s annual Constitution Day lecture will be about assault on modern democracy
Dr. Tom Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, will deliver Salve Regina’s annual Constitution Day lecture at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13. The lecture is entitled “Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from Within on Modern Democracy.”
This lecture will be held in person outside on the lawn at O’Hare Academic Building. There will be limited number of seats available, and attendees are asked to bring beach chairs and/or blankets for sitting. In the event of inclement weather, this discussion will be held inside the DiStefano Lecture Hall located in the Antone Academic Center. To RSVP for the lecture, visit the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page.
Democracy is in trouble, even here in the United States. An increasing segment of the population, raised in liberal democracy, are finding an increasing appeal to illiberal ideas of governing, identity and politics. Strategist and scholar Dr. Nichols explores the origins of modern illiberalism and urges a rebirth of civic virtues like altruism, compromise, stoicism and cooperation.
In 2017, Dr. Nichols was named one of POLITICO Magazine’s “POLITICO 50,” the thinkers whose ideas are shaking up American politics and public life. Dr. Nichols is a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, a columnist for USA Today and a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of “The Death of Expertise” in 2017, as well as books on Russia, the Cold War, nuclear weapons and the future of armed conflict. Dr. Nichols is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies, as well as a former aide in the U.S. Senate.
Dr. Nichols has been a fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a senior associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City, a fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University, and a senior fellow of the Graham Center for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Nichols is also a five-time undefeated “Jeopardy!” champion. He played in the 1994 Tournament of Champions, is listed in the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame, and as one of the game’s top players was invited to participate in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where he played his final match.
Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Congress passed a bill designating Sept. 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about the nation’s founding document. This event is in partnership with the Pell Honors Program and the League of Women Voters of Newport County.
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