Lawrence Lessig: They Don’t Represent Us–Reclaiming our Democracy

Join your fellow New York Reedies for a stimulating talk by Lawrence Lessig at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU. We will grab food and drink (Thirsty Third Thursday!) nearby afterwards.

American democracy urgently needs repair. Our politics are more divisive and more polarized than at any time in recent history. Lawmakers are beholden to wealthy donors, not to constituents. Citizens’ voices are silenced through the erosion of their civil rights. Politicians, who have long neglected to address these problems, are partly to blame. But the increasingly uninformed American public bears responsibility as well.

In his new book, They Don’t Represent Us, Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig charts the ways in which the fundamental institutions of our democracy respond to narrow interests rather than to the needs and wishes of the nation’s citizenry. He explores the causes and consequences of “unrepresentativeness” and calls for significant reforms including public campaign funding, a reformed Electoral College, and a nationwide ban on partisan gerrymandering.

Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School; host of the podcast Another Way; co-founder of Creative Commons; author of They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming our Democracy

RSVPs appreciated via email by November 20. Last-minute additions are welcome.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00pm

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, Vanderbilt Hall, Classroom 210 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

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