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    September 15, 2004      File #
    Contact: Karen Brodsky, University Library, (707) 664-4240


Scholar, Former Congressman Questions Future of American Democracy

Glen Browder, scholar and former United States Congressman, gives the keynote address at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 as part of the fall 2004 Arts and Lectures program It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote. at Sonoma State University's Library.Browder’s discussion elaborates on ideas raised in his book "The Future of American Democracy: A Former Congressman’s Unconventional Analysis (2002)."

His thought-provoking and timely ideas suggest that Americans must pay attention to the future of their own democracy or risk unsettling changes. His discussion will ask "Does American democracy still work?"

Browder wrote "The Future of American Democracy" because he believes that, “Growing philosophical tensions over historic ideals, cultural values and principles of governance are transforming our national democratic experiment. Our civic mix of people, politics and government no longer works the way it has in the past. Therefore, it is time for serious national dialogue about America.”

Browder was selected as a keynote speaker for the It Matters! program because of his leadership in the national dialogue about the nature of democracy in these uncertain times.

“Debates about what direction our country chooses are critical for everyonein this country regardless of political orientation, race, gender, and class,” says David McCuan, a professor of political science at SSU. “Dr. Browder’s work pushes forward the discussion of civic governance in the U.S. and the consequences of the choices before us. These discussions are timely for all citizens during this critical election year. ”

Glen Browder served as Alabama's Third District Congressman from 1989-1997 following terms as Alabama Secretary of State and State Legislator. He is an Eminent Scholar in American Democracy at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Details about "The Future of American Democracy" and Browder’s efforts to promote a national debate are available at the "Future of American Democracy" website at

“It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote.” is a collaborative program coordinated through the University Library. This program is designed to provide students and the community an opportunity to explore together the vast notion of voting, civic engagement, and what it means to live in a democratic society.

“It Matters! Engage. Participate. Vote.” features art exhibitions, keynote speakers, brown bag discussions, performances, class projects, workshops on finding accurate information, and various multimedia displays. A variety of events are scheduled throughout the semester. A schedule is available at

This event is free to attend. A parking permit ($2.50) is required to park on campus.

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