The ADP Reading Circle will discuss First Democracy: The Challenge of an Ancient Idea by Paul Woodruff in three meetings in the early part of the spring semester.
Paul Woodruff is a classicist, and he presents an accessible essay on the idea of democracy. As one reviewer described the work:
||"This elegant essay from a distinguished classicist raises fundamental questions relevant to our contemporary political life through the prism of the Athenian democracy. The read may disagree with Woodruff's policy prescriptions--I do,myself--but one must admire the insights and erudition of the analysis. It is a beautiful book." (Philip Bobbitt)
If you are looking for a good Winter Break read and want to learn more about the idea of democracy, pick up Woodruff's book and consider joining the discussion group.
Contact your college American Democracy Project advisory board member if you are interested:
ADP will provide ten books for faculty use on a first-come-first-serve basis, but the book is reasonably priced if you want to purchase your own.
John Anderson, Coordinator
American Democracy Project at UNK - http://www.unk.edu/adp/