"Is Democracy in Decline?" - Prof. Sanford Lakoff

Presented to the HCSAZ in October 2016

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Lakoff is founding chair of the Department and a distinguished scholar in political philosophy and science and public policy. He is the author of Equality in Political Philosophy, Democracy: History, Theory and Practice, and Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land (1998, University of Chicago Press) and Strategic Defense in the Nuclear Age and Ten Political Ideas that have Shaped the Modern World (September 2011); co-author of Science and the Nation: Policy and Politics, Energy and American Values, and A Shield in Space?: Technology, Politics, and the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has also edited a half dozen volumes, including Knowledge and Power: Essays on Science and Government. He has contributed over fifty essays to edited volumes, journals, and encyclopedias.

"Is Democracy in Decline?"



Broadly defined, public art is art in public spaces. An important strand of public art has evolved within the framework of “percent for art” programs.  Many municipalities have passed ordinances requiring that part of the funding for capital improvement projects will be set aside for art. This initiative has enlivened the built landscape nation-wide, including in Tucson and Pima County.


Chris originally came to Tucson to join the Psychology faculty at the U of A. She has been doing public art for 25 years and is a member of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (formerly the Tucson Pima Arts Council). She has written or contributed to six books, one a compilation of memoirs of Radcliffe and Harvard classmates (Class of ’65) born all over the world during WW II, entitled Born into a World at War, republished in 2015 by the University of Massachusetts Press.



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Prof. Garfin specializes in climatology and climate change adaptation science at the University of Arizona.  In addition to his faculty duties, he is an investigator with the CLIMAS project, a NOAA funded assessment to improve the ability of the southwestern United States to respond sufficiently and appropriately to climatic events and climate changes.

His answer to the question he poses may surprise some of us: It’s not just less agriculture, and CAP. It’s also Arizona's better management and policy! For more information about Prof. Garfin's work, log on to:


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