Democracy in America

Top section of US constitution in front of a section of American Flag

Since May 2021, the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and the Denis Theatre Foundation have been collaborating to provide a non-partisan series of events on the theme of Democracy in America.

Periodically, often amidst crisis, Americans reconsider the status of their democratic institutions. Today is such a time, characterized by deep levels of polarization, distrust of government and most institutions, and the fraying of civil society, along with fear and uncertainty that leads to growing acceptance of the use of violence to achieve political ends. How can American citizens work together to strengthen our democratic institutions? In this series we will examine the roots of how the concept of democracy was established in United States and how it has been interpreted and challenged through the centuries, and reflect upon what core principles need to be sustained for its continuance. We hope to provide both local and national examples throughout the series, with ample opportunity for discussion and reflection.

The series will include a mix of local citizens and professional speakers, some with national name-recognition. It is designed to be accessible to people from middle school to our most senior citizens. We hope to engage people in dialogue, with questions and comments occurring at the end of each session.

The series began with a soft opening focused on local politics, addressing the Mt. Lebanon School Board primary in May 2021. It picked back up in September 2021, addressing the issue of voting rights, and will continue through the summer of 2022.

The Mt. Lebanon Public Library will maintain this webpage that will include information for upcoming events in the series, as well as for related local events and resources to support civic engagement. We will be sending out regular e-newsletters to promote upcoming events and new resources. Expect a good deal of communication with the lead-up to the May 18th primary elections.

  1. Upcoming Programs
  2. Recorded Programs
  3. Voting Information
  4. Additional Resources

More programs coming soon! Check out the Recorded Programs tab to view past programs.