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The Life and Death of Democracies: Lecture by Daniel Ziblatt

Daniel Ziblatt (© Annette Hornischer)The Reves Center for International Studies and the William & Mary Democracy Initiative have announced that Professor Daniel Ziblatt will deliver the 2022 George Tayloe Ross Address on International Peace, entitled  "The Life and Death of Democracies: Lessons for America." The lecture will be held on Thursday, November 11 at 5:30pm in Tucker 127A. The lecture is free and open to the public, but in order to abide by university COVID guidelines, registration is required.

Daniel Ziblatt is Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and since October 2020 the new Director of the Transformations of Democracy research unit of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He has been awarded the 2019 Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin and was Karl W. Deutsch Visiting Professor at the WZB from 2019 to 2020. His book How Democracies Die (with Steven Levitsky, Crown, 2018), a New York Times bestseller, has been translated into over fifteen languages. His book Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an account of Europe's historical democratization, won the American Political Science Association's 2018 Woodrow Wilson Prize for the best book in government and international relations and three other prizes including the American Sociological Association's 2018 Barrington Moore Award for the best book in comparative historical sociology.

Ziblatt received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; and his B.A. in German Studies and Politics (double major), Magna Cum Laude from Pomona College.

The annual George Tayloe Ross Address on International Peace was established to promote peace by exploring and investigating topics of current interest that affect relations among nations, ranging from international political matters to environmental questions. Recent speakers have included Timothy Snyder, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Anne-Marie Slaughter.

The Reves Center for International Studies is the hub for internationalization at William & Mary and the home of the Global Engagement Team, Global Education Office and the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs  The Reves Center hosts a number of annual endowed lectures, which bring world-class scholars, analysts, artists, public figures and other distinguished guests to campus.