Heather Cox Richardson - Democracy Awakening

Monday, December 4, 2023 - 7:00pm

Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America with Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of history and Letters from an American author/podcaster Heather Cox Richardson discusses her new book.

Monday, 7:00PM–8:30PM

Graham Chapel

Washington University in St. Louis


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We are thrilled with the enthusiastic response to this event, however we are over capacity for our available venues. What does this mean?

We cannot guarantee a seat in Graham Chapel OR the overflow spaces (Danforth Univeristy Center’s Tisch Commons and Women’s Building Formal Lounge). You are not guaranteed a seat even if you sent an RSVP. We encourage you to arrive early and with patience. You are welcome to choose any of the spaces prior to the event. When Graham Chapel is full staff will direct guests to the two overflow spaces. If they reach capacity, we will not admit additional guests as everyone’s safety is our priority.

All venues are open seating and doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are not required–seating will be “first come, first served.” We will host two reception spaces and Prof. Richardson will visit both. There is no formal program for the receptions and when these venues reach capacity we will not be able to admit additional guests. Staff will be on hand to provide directions for all spaces.

You may consider registering to watch via Zoom from home by registering at this link: https://wustl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_40JDRoXvRsmvSaOl8L_Ufg



In the midst of the 2019 impeachment crisis, history professor Heather Cox Richardson began writing a daily Facebook essay, providing historical context for the daily churn of news. It soon became a chart-topping Substack newsletter, Letters from an American, which now has over two million subscribers—passionate, dedicated readers who rely on Richardson’s plainspoken, insightful take on America, past and present, as a much-needed dose of sanity in today’s insane world.

In her compelling new book, Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America (Viking), Richardson explains how a small group of wealthy people have made war on American ideals, leading us down a dangerous path to authoritarianism. By weaponizing language and promoting a false history, they have created a disaffected population and then promised to recreate an imagined past where those people could feel important again. Richardson argues that taking our country back starts by remembering the elements of the nation’s true history that marginalized Americans have always upheld—their dedication has sustained our democracy in the past and can be a road map for our future. 

We will provide open seating and doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for this event. Free and open to all. Please register at rap@wustl.edu or 314-935-9345 so we can appropriately plan for your visit.

All attendees are welcome to join us for a reception with the speaker immediately following her talk. Local independent bookseller Left Bank Books will be on site for purchase of Professor Richardson’s book.

Visitor parking is available on the fourth level of Millbrook Garage or in the Danforth University Center (DUC) underground garage. Pull a ticket at the gate when you enter. Parking is free in yellow spaces (you will be ticketed if in a red space) weekdays between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on weekends. For more information on parking, visit parking.wustl.edu/parking/visitor.

About the speakers

Professor Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College. She has written about the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the American West in award-winning books whose subjects stretch from the European settlement of the North American continent to the history of the Republican Party through the Trump administration. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian, amonother outlets. She was the co-host of the Vox Media podcast, Now & Then. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Professor Laurie Maffly-Kipp is the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. Maffly-Kipp’s research and teaching focus on African American religions, Mormonism, religion on the Pacific borderlands of the Americas, and issues of intercultural contact. Prior to joining the Center, Maffly-Kipp taught for twenty-four years at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Religious Studies and American Studies. She earned her B.A. from Amherst College in English and Religion and completed the Ph.D. in American History at Yale University.

Please call us at (314) 935-9345 or email us at rap@wustl.edu with any questions or accommodation requests.

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Graham Chapel
Washington University
Saint Louis, MO 63130
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