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The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France

Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM (CEST)

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Dear Fellow Alumni,

The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France and the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Paris cordially invite you to attend the Chicago BBQ Party on June 16 at 8pm, at the University of Chicago Center in Paris.

Distinguished Alumni lecture with Steve Sawyer (PhD, 2008) about "Re-Assembling the Demos? Rethinking the Origins of Our Current Democratic Crisis"
The lecture will start at 7:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm, and will be followed by the Chicago BBQ in the interior garden of the Center
About Steve Sawyer:
Professor Sawyer is chair of the History Department and co-founder of the History, Law, and Society program at The American University of Paris. After receiving fellowships from the EHESS, Fulbright, and Sciences Po, from 2005 to 2009, Sawyer served as part-time assistant to Pierre Rosanvallon at the Collège de France. A specialist in urban and political history, Sawyer earned his PhD at the University of Chicago (2008).
His work includes over sixty articles and reviews, in six countries and leading journals including The American Historical Review, Les Annales, The Journal of Modern History, The European History Quarterly and The Tocqueville Review. His translation of Michel Foucault lectures (University of Chicago Press) appeared in 2014. He has edited and co-edited numerous volumes including Boundaries of the State in US History (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Beyond Stateless Democracy (Tocqueville Review, Spring 2015) and In Search of the Liberal Moment(Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016) and is currently completing a manuscript on democracy and statebuilding in nineteenth-century France.
Summary of the conference:
The escalation of an economic and depoliticized neoliberalism in the early twenty-first century has introduced a paradox into our perceptions of democracy and the state. We are witnessing a frightening expansion of state capacity in such realms as security, surveillance, mass imprisonment, shadow as well as open military conflict across the world, and militarized police forces.  At the same time, neoliberalism has increasingly eviscerated the demos – pinning the state into a corner, making it less and less responsive to popular pressures. This talk argues that an understanding of our current democratic malaise requires a historical perspective on the relationship between liberalism and democracy since the 1970s in France. I argue that far from announcing a neo-liberal triumph, new interest in the history and theory of liberalism from the 1970s to the mid-1990s was a means of posing the problem of how to craft a more robust democratic thought. This attempt to use liberalism and anti-totalitarianism as a means to reflect critically on the problem of democracy has been challenged by a neo-liberalism that reifies both liberalism and democracy as something to be saved or celebrated.

Be part of a new Chicago tradition and meet alumni & students in a relaxed atmosphere.

Have a great summer!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sandra Valmier, '11 (EXP-16)
Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France, President

William Bila, '02The University of Chicago, Alumni Association of France, President

Have questions about CHICAGO BBQ PARTY & Steve Sawyer's LECTURE? Contact The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of France

When & Where

University of Chicago Center in Paris
6 Rue Thomas Mann
75013 Paris

Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM (CEST)

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