Stockholm Keynote Speakers
Stockholm, Sweden
Ersta Skondal University College

28 June - 1 July  2016



'Changes in American Civil Society and the Rise of Political Extremism'

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University and Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, a national organization that encourages public engagement by university-based scholars in the U.S.  Skocpol has served as President of the Social Science History Association (1996) and as President of the American Political Science Association (2002-03).  She has also been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences.  Her work covers a broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics (States and Social Revolutions, 1979) and American politics (Protecting Soldiers and Mothers, 1992) and her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards.  In 2007, she was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for her "visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence."  The Skytte Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious in political science and is awarded annually by the Skytte Foundation  at Uppsala University (Sweden) to the scholar who in the view of the foundation has made the most valuable contribution to the discipline. Skocpol’s research for the last two decades has primarily focused on health care reform, public policy, and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy.  Books she has recently authored or co-authored are Health Care Reform and American Politics (Oxford, 2012), The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism (Oxford, 2012), and Obama and America's Political Future (Harvard, 2012).  Skocpol also speaks regularly to community groups and writes for blogs and public-interest magazines.



'Can we save the world through generosity'

Stanley Katz is Professor in Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs at Princeton University, and Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.  He is also President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the national humanities organization in the United States. Mr. Katz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1955 with a major in English History and Literature. He was trained in British and American history at Harvard (PhD, 1961), where he also attended Law School in 1969-70. His recent research focuses upon  recent developments in American philanthropy, the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is the Editor in Chief of the recently published Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, and the Editor Emeritus of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the United States Supreme Court. He also writes about higher education policy, and has published a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  He is the co-founder and editor of the history of philanthropy blog  Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a specialist on American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, Mr. Katz has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History and as Vice President of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library, the Center for Jewish History and numerous other institutions. He also currently serves as Chair of the American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council Working Group on Cuba. Katz is a member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Society for Legal History, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians; and a Corresponding Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He received the annual Fellows Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 and  the National Humanities Medal (awarded by Pres. Obama) in 2011.  He has honorary degrees from several universities.


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