Constitution Day lecture scheduled at Linfield

Jonathan WeilerUniversity of North Carolina Chapel Hill professor Jonathan Weiler will present “Worlds Apart: authoritarianism and American political divisions on the eve of the 2016 election” at the Constitution Day lecture Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

The talk will explore the roots of the current divisions between political parties and consider how the impasse might be broken.

Weiler received his Ph.D. in political science from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Curriculum in Global Studies. He has written three books: “A Darker Side of Reform: Human Rights in Russia” with Marc Hetherington; “Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics,” which won the 2016 Philip Converse Award given yearly to a book that has made a lasting impact in political science; and “Divorce: A Love Story,” which was co-written with his former wife, Anne Menkens.

Funding for this project was provided by the John Templeton Foundation through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, chair and associate professor of political science, 503-883-2246,