UNH Sidore Lecture Series To Explore the Roots of Democracy
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 19, 2007
The theme of the Saul O Sidore Memorial 2007-2008 Lecture
Series, “Exploring Democracy at Home and Abroad,” will
offer the university community and the state of New Hampshire
the opportunity to explore the roots of democracy, its benefits
and shortcomings, as well as its spread around the globe.
All of the lectures, which are free and open to the public,
will be held on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in Durham at the
MUB, Theater II.
The discussions begin Sept. 27 with “Democratic Roots.” Michael
Goodhardt, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh,
will examine the ways in which democracy has been conceptualized throughout its historic development, and
will offer a new conceptualization of democracy for the age
“The Primary Role of New Hampshire in American Democracy” on
Oct. 18 brings New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner
to UNH where he will highlight the unique contributions that
New Hampshire makes to American democracy through the presidential primaries.
On Nov. 29, Stephanie McLean, director of research, IPSOS
Reid, Canada, will present “Confronting Racism in American
Democracy.” McLean assesses the ways in which racism
jeopardizes the quality of American democracy, focusing in
particular on the fairness of the electoral process.
“Democracy and Peace” on Jan. 31 will have UNH
assistant professor Alynna Lyon answer the question “Can
democracy promote world peace?” with her critique of
democratic peace theory.
On Feb.28, assistant professor Dinorah Azpuru of Wichita State
University will assess the impact international aid programs
have on beginning and strengthening the process of democratization, particularly in the developing world with “Financing
On March 27, Jon Hiskey, associate professor, Vanderbilt University,
will exam the ability of democracy to address poverty and income
inequality in the developing world in “Democracy and
During the last lecture of the series, “Sanctioning
Dictators and Celebrating Democrats” on April 17, Audie
Klotz, associate professor, Maxwell School of Syracuse, will
explore the ability of the international community to press for democratic
reform. She will assess the impact of sanctions against the
apartheid regime in South Africa, as well as Nelson Mandela’s
ability to use international support to fight for democracy.
The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the
UNH Center for the Humanities, was established in 1965 in memory
of Saul O Sidore of Manchester to provide programs that raise
critical and sometimes controversial issues facing society.
For more information visit www.unh.edu/humanities-center/sidore/sidore.htm.