Sun., Jul. 15 Events & Platform: Elections and the Mainsprings of Democracy in America by Dr. Dan Hellinger

Voting United StatesPlatform: Elections and the Mainsprings of Democracy in America by Dr. Dan Hellinger

Not long ago political scientists argued that the political party system essentially was overhauled once a generation, approximately every 40 years. This renovation of party politics was regarded as a crucial mechanism of democracy, its “mainsprings” according to Walter Dean Burnham. Today, as the 2012 elections loom the mainsprings seem broken, and public confidence in our major political institutions has reached unprecedented lows. To restore confidence and repair the damaged political system will require something less than a new constitution but something more than a few reforms around the edges, and I will suggest a few ways forward in this talk.
11 a.m. Auditorium.

Platform Music: Sutton Street Shuffle

Colloquy: A guided meditation and discussion on a topic that changes weekly.
9:45 a.m. Boardroom.

Forum: Report from the Missouri Legislature – Rory Ellinger, who’s a Ethical Society member and also in the Missouri House of Representatives, stops by the Forum to update us on the past year’s session.
9:45 a.m. Hanke Room.

Child Care:
During the summer months there are 3 people on hand (2 high school teens and an adult) to watch children. The Nursery/Pre-school will be staffed as well as supervision for older kids downstairs.
10 a.m. until noon

Ethical Mindfulness Meditation:
8 – 9:30 a.m. The Foyer.