Global Perspectives: Revolutions and Empires

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Villanova University Driscoll Auditorium, Driscoll Hall
Villanova, PA
United States

Amid concerns that democracy may be in danger in the U.S. and around the world, the Lepage Center takes a step back to examine the origins of democracy, its applications, where it has delivered on its promises, and where it has fallen short.

Coincident with the midterm elections, this event will reveal how ideas about democracy and participation have changed over time, how perspectives on democracy are more nuanced and complex than we may believe, and where this leaves us today.


  • Hibba Abugideiri
    Associate Professor of History, Villanova University and scholar of Middle East history
  • Melissa Feinberg
    Professor of History, Rutgers University and scholar of Communism, the Cold War & human rights
  • Julia Gaffield
    Assistant Professor of History, Georgia State University and scholar of the Haitian Revolution
  • Maia Otarashvili
    Deputy Director of the Eurasia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-editor of the 2017 volume Does Democracy Matter?
Moderated by Paul Steege, Faculty Director, Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest, Villanova University

This event is open to the public and is free to attend. 

This program is the second part of the conversation series, titled, "Histories of Democracy". Click here to watch Part One: American Perspectives – Promises and Shortcomings of this conversation.