SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Thomas S. Axworthy presents The History of Voting in the United States
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SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Thomas S. Axworthy presents The History of Voting in the United States

The United States invented mass democracy but many wonder how well American democracy is operating today. From voting in colonial America, to the development of parties after the Revolution, to the New Deal coalition, to Trump's America, the health of the American party system will be assessed in this Presidential election year. Cost: $20 (LIFE Members) $30 (Non-Members)

2020-01-18
When: January 18, 2020
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Where: LIB072
Ryerson University, The Library Building
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5B 2K3
Canada
Presenter: Thomas S. Axworthy
Contact: The LIFE Office
416-979-5000


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The United States invented mass democracy but many wonder how well American democracy is operating today. From voting in colonial America, to the development of parties after the Revolution, to the New Deal coalition, to Trump's America, the health of the American party system will be assessed in this Presidential election year.

Thomas S. Axworthy has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and philanthropy. He served as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and was a key strategist on repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 1984, Dr. Axworthy went to Harvard University, teaching at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2003, he left Harvard and was appointed Chair of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, and is currently the Chair of Public Policy at Massey College and a distinguished senior fellow both the Munk School of Global Affairs and Massey College. Dr. Axworthy's career in philanthropy began in 1986 with his appointment to the CRB Foundation where he initiated the Heritage Minutes and the National Heritage Fairs Programs. He continued that work from 1999 to 2005 at the Historica Foundation of Canada. To recognize his achievements in heritage education, civics, and citizenship, Dr. Axworthy was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada (2002). From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Axworthy was president and CEO of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, and has also worked extensively with the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government, being appointed Secretary General of the organization in 2011. He is the author of numerous books and articles of which the best known is Towards a Just Society, co-authored with Pierre Trudeau. He is a regular contributor to the opinion pages of the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post, and frequently appears as a commentator on public and national issues.