Renewing Democratic Community Discussion Series
From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and the Political Landscape Shape Religious Identity with Michelle Margolis
Margolis is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies public opinion, political psychology, and religion and politics. Her book, "From Politics to the Pews" (University of Chicago Press, 2018), won the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
One of the most substantial divides in American politics is the “God gap.” Religious voters tend to identify with and support the Republican Party, while secular voters generally support the Democratic Party. Conventional wisdom suggests that religious differences between Republicans and Democrats have produced this gap, with voters sorting themselves into the party that best represents their religious views. This talk challenges the conventional wisdom, arguing that the relationship between religion and politics is far from a one-way street that starts in the church and ends at the ballot box.
Attacking the Rim: A Conversation with Dave Bing About Basketball, Politics and Philanthropy
The Maxwell School welcomed NBA Hall of Famer and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing ’66 B.A. (Econ), H’06 for a discussion that touched on many of the themes in his 2020 autobiography “Attacking the Rim: My Journey from NBA Legend to Business Leader to Big-City Mayor to Mentor.”
Disability Rights and Citizenship in the Modern Civil Rights Era
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs welcomed an accomplished panel featuring Brian McLane ’68, Professor Arlene Kanter, Yohannes Takele Zewale, Professor Beth Myers and Director Paula Possenti-Perez. The panelists took the stage with Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science and the inaugural Hicker Family Professor in Renewing Democratic Community.
Our understanding of citizenship can be transformed when viewed through the perspective of people with disabilities. How do disability rights fit into the modern human rights framework? Have universities become more accessible and if so for whom? Are disabled students fully included in higher education’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts? And how do disability rights in New York state and the United States compare to other countries? Thanks to those who joined us for an important conversation about how promoting disability rights moves us closer to realizing the promise of full citizenship in democracies here and around the world.
About the Hicker Family Professor of Renewing Democratic Community
Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science, is the Hicker Family Professor of Renewing Democratic Community. Faricy will hold the professorship for its inaugural term of five years. In addition to American politics, he researches social policy, income inequality, tax policy and public opinion on government spending.
Hicker Family Professorship in Renewing Democratic Community
Through a generous donation, Syracuse University basketball legend George Hicker ’68 and his wife, Kathy, have created the Hicker Family Professorship in Renewing Democratic Community.