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March 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr. Brian Klaas is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at University College London and a columnist for The Washington Post. Klaas is also a frequent television commentator and political consultant.  He is also the host of the Power Corrupts podcast.  In his lecture, he will discuss topics such as executive power, individual rights, the electoral process, and civic mobilization within the context of the pandemic.

Dr. Klaas is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, US foreign policy, American politics more generally, political violence, and elections. He is the author of three books: “The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Drumpf’s Attack on Democracy”, “The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy,” and “How to Rig an Election” co-authored with Professor Nic Cheeseman.  His next book “Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us” will be released in Fall 2021.

Dr. Klaas has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and United States politics.  He has conducted field research, interviewing prime ministers, presidents, ministers, rebels, coup plotters, dissidents, and torture victims in an array of countries, including Madagascar, Thailand, Tunisia, Belarus, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia, and Latvia.

His writing and research has also recently been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, the Times Literary Supplement, Financial Times, Newsweek, The Telegraph, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, and many other publications.

Delaware Humanities will be hosting a discussion of Klaas and Cheeseman’s book “How to Rig an Election” on Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 PM.

Program Description

Did you know that in Norway non-citizens can vote after living in the country for three years? Or that in Switzerland all eligible voters are sent mail in ballots, which can be returned by the mail or dropped off at the polls? In a 2016 survey on global literacy conducted by National Geographic, only 14-29% of the general population could answer the survey questions correctly. When 1,203 recent college graduates were surveyed, the total percent of correct responses was just 55%. Citizens in the United States need to become more aware of the world around us and to perhaps look outward for some solutions to our internal issues. “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” is a national initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and aims to “explore civic participation as it relates to electoral engagement in a multivocal democracy”. The Delaware Humanities project seeks specifically to examine and elucidate systems in the United States by putting our democracy into a global context.   We will be hosting two lectures, two panel discussions, and five book discussions throughout the state, all running from January-April 2021.  Check back or join our mailing list for more information in the near future. Book Discussions Delaware Librarians! Would you like to host a book discussion of How to Rig an Election by Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas? Delaware Humanities will supply 20 books and a facilitator to four organizations in the state to host a discussion. Discussions must take place between January and April 2021. Libraries will be responsible for:
  • Advertising
  • Attracting a group of 15-20 individuals
  • Distributing the books for free to the 15-20 individuals
  • Coordinating a date and time for the virtual discussion with the facilitator
  • Sending Delaware Humanities the date, time, and registration information for the discussion
  • Gathering completed program evaluations from attendees
If interested, email Ciera Fisher at Past Programs Freedom Under Siege: The Global Retreat of Democracy Lecture (January 7, 2021) The Global State of Democracy Panel Discussion (February 17, 2021)