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American Politics and the Lost Art of Compromise

Professor Adam I.P. Smith

This Lecture provides a history of what compromise has meant in American history - Madison saw it as a noble aim, essential to the running of the republic, but compromise only works if moral absolutes are kept at bay, since no one thinks it's a good idea to compromise with evil. Professor Smith will argue that the American political has been most functional when compromisers have been in the ascendency and least functional when, as in the present day, they have not.

Adam Smith is an authority on American history. He received his PhD from Cambridge University and is Senior Lecturer at University College London. His previous books include "No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North" (2006), which examines what happened to elections and partisanship in wartime, arguing that Abraham Lincoln's political success was due to a political strategy which stigmatized political opposition and, in the process, redefined the meaning of loyalty and patriotism. He is also the author of "The American Civil War" (2007), and of a biography of Abraham Lincoln (2007). A forthcoming book is "The Stormy Present: Conservatism and the Problem of Slavery in Northern Politics, 1848-1865" (2017).

More information:
http://www.humanitiesresearch.org/

Date
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 p.m.

Location
EA 106.2
Education Auditorium Wing
Main Campus

Parking available in Lots 7 & 8

Contact
Milagros Charriez
306-585-4226
Milagros.Charriez@uregina.ca

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