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September 20, 2005

Source: University of Lethbridge:

Democracy Without Borders? Global Governance in an Age of Interdependence

A U of L Discovery Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Barber,

Gershon and Carrol Kekst Professor of Civil Society at the University of Maryland and a principal of the Democracy Collaborative

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

7:30 pm-9:00 pm at PE 250

Tickets free

Tickets available at the U of L Box Office (ph. 329-2616) and the Galt Museum Gift Shop in Park Place Shopping Centre, 501 St Ave. S. during regular business hours.

Enter to win a copy of Benjamin Barber’s book, “Fear’s Empire: War Terrorism and Democracy.” Enter here. Two copies will be given away! Draw will be made September 28, 4:00 p.m. by random generation from valid U of L e-mail accounts. One entry per person.

About the Lecture:

We live in a new world of malevolent interdependence where the major challenges facing democratic communities from HIV and SARS to tsunamis and global warming, from predatory global capitalism to predatory global terrorism, are global in character.

Yet our civic institutions remain bound by nineteenth century borders and our primary political tools are constrained by national sovereignty. The market economy is global but our politics remain local.

We have doctors without borders, terrorists without borders, capitalists without borders and workers without borders, but there are no citizens without borders.

Is it possible in a political world of independent nations still bounded by sovereignty to develop global democratic institutions capable of treating with the global challenges we face?

This lecture is co-sponsored by Alberta Views Magazine

About the Speaker:

An author of more than 15 books, including Jihad Vs. McWorld; Fear's Empire: War, Terrorism And Democracy, Benjamin Barber writes frequently for Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Le Nouvel Observateur, Die Zeit, and many other scholarly and popular publications in America and Europe.

His honors also include Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Social Science Research Fellowships, an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College, the Berlin Prize of American Academy of Berlin (2001), and the chair of American Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. In 2001 he received the Palmes Academiques (Chevalier) from the French Government.

Related Links:

Benjamin Barber's website:

The Democracy Collaborative website:

University of Lethbridge Lectures website:

Event Contact: Paul Sparrow-Clarke (403) 380-1840


U of L Communications and Public Relations Contact:

Bob Cooney, Communications and PR Officer (403) 382-7173



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