December 16, 2013


Union Church on the Bund
107 South Suzhou Road (at Yuanmingyuan Road)


7 p.m. Registration
7:30 p.m. Program and Q&A
8:30 p.m. Networking Reception


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CANCELED - Conflict and Challenge in the American National Government

John Mark Hansen, Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Political Science, and the College and senior advisor to President Robert J. Zimmer, University of Chicago

The US government shut down and brought to the brink of default over a budget dispute—again. Has American democracy gone mad?

Political scientist John Mark Hansen describes the main features of the current polarization in US national government and diagnoses its causes, both institutional and political. He traces the historical forces that created the recent impasse and anticipates the political imperatives that will eventually cause it to dissipate.

Please join us for an illuminating look at the way the US government operates, the way its politics has recently evolved, and the way it may change.