In a fractious election season, the Schlesinger Library held a discussion about ideology, trust, and how to expand its reach.
James Kloppenberg conveys the evolution of democracy from early theorists through Tocqueville’s celebration, written some years before this beatific electoral scene, The Verdict of the People (1854-55), by George Caleb Bingham.
In her “lecture-performance,” playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith practiced and preached “Radical Hospitality.”
In 2012, Ken Liu’s short story “The Paper Menagerie” swept science fiction’s highest honors: the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. He has won the Hugo as well for his translations of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem (the first translated novel to win), and Hao Jingfang’s short story “Folding Beijing.”