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Values and Value Change in the Americas

Values and Value Change in the Americas
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Apr 17th, 12:00 pm End: Apr 17th, 2:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Political Science, Latin American, Geography & Planning (FAS), Canada, 2000-
Lectures by Mitchell A. Seligson, Vanderbilt U, and Michael Adams, Environics

The Centre for the Study of the United States presents a special event:

Values and Value Change in the Americas


Mitchell Seligson, Vanderbilt University

The Americas Upside Down: The Decline of Civic Culture in the USA

The classic study of Almond and Verba found that the U.S. and Great Britain were the paradigmatic cases of a civic culture supportive of stable democracy. Using the Americas Barometer surveys carried out by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) in 28 countries in the Americas, Mitchell A. Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science and Founder and Senior Advisor of LAPOP at Vanderbilt University, presents data that demonstrate that while some important elements of a democratic civic culture survive in the U.S.A., key components have been lost when compared to other nations in the hemisphere.

Mitchell A. Seligson is the Centennial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, and serves as a member of the General Assembly of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. He is the founder and Senior Advisor of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP). He has been a Fulbright Fellow, and has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The Howard Heinz Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and USAID. Seligson has published over 140 articles, 14 books, and more than 35 monographs and papers. He served on the National Academy of Sciences panel studying the impact of foreign assistance and democracy, and is an appointed member of the Organization of American States (OAS) Advisory Board of Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices, and the OAS Network of Democracy Practitioners. He is a founding member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the AfroBarometer, and of the editorial board of the European Political Science Review and the Journal of Democracy en Español, and serves on the Editorial Board of Comparative Political Studies. He has been awarded a Danforth Foundation Kent and the Social Science Research Council Foreign Area Fellowships, and was awarded the Grace L. Doherty Latin American Fellowship by Princeton University.


Michael Adams, Environics Institute for Survey Research

Fire and Ice in the era of Obama and Harper: The Surprising Trajectory of Social Values among Americans and Canadians

In 2003, Michael Adams published the Canadian bestseller Fire and Ice in which he exploded the myth that Canadians and Americans are gradually becoming alike. Despite the two countries' profound economic integration, their many historical, demographic, and geographic similarities, and the ubiquity of American popular culture, Adams used comprehensive social values research to make the case that Canadians and Americans increasingly see the world though different moral and motivational prisms. A decade later, how are social values among Americans and Canadians evolving in a time with Democrat Barack Obama occupying the White House, and Conservative Stephen Harper firmly ensconced in Sussex Drive? Michael Adams will present the latest social values and public attitude research from both countries, which reveals surprising shifts that help explain recent social and political events, and provide valuable insight into what we can expect in the future.

Michael Adams is President of the non-profit Environics Institute for Survey Research, and also the President of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies, which he co-founded in 1970. He is the author of six books, including Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values (2003); and Unlikely Utopia: The Surprising Triumph of Canadian Multiculturalism (2007). The Environics Institute conducts ground-breaking social research addressing important issues of public policy and social change, including the first major survey of Muslims in Canada, the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS), and Canadians on Citizenship, the first national study to ask Canadians what it means to be a good citizen in this country.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  Clicke HERE to register. For further information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at (416) 946-8972.

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This event is co-sponsored by the United States Consulate General of Toronto and the Centre for the Study of the United States, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

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