Events | 55 Voices for Democracy: Francis Fukuyama

Los Angeles | October 22, 2019 | 12:30 PM

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama will give a talk at the Thomas Mann House, Los Angeles on October 22 at 12.30 PM as the first speaker in the series “55 Voices for Democracy.”

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“55 Voices for Democracy” expands the 55 BBC radio messages Thomas Mann sent from his house in California to thousands of listeners from Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and occupied Netherlands and Czechia. In his monthly radio speeches between October 1940 and November 1945 Mann spoke out against fascist ideas and became the most significant German voice in exile.

As the political crisis in Europe and the US deepens, the time demands a strong response for the preservation of social and liberal values, for the renewal of our political vocabulary, and for overcoming political separation and manipulation. Thomas Mann’s belief that the “social renewal of democracy is both condition and warrant for its victory” rings true more than ever before.

“55 Voices for Democracy” brings together internationally esteemed intellectuals, scientists, and artists to present ideas for the renewal of democracy. Like Thomas Mann, they will deliver short “radio” talks combined with public events. Renowned intellectuals like Orhan Pamuk, Bruce Ackerman, Timothy Snyder, Seyla Benhabib and Larry Diamond have already confirmed their participation. Political Scientist Francis Fukuyama launches the series. The event is moderated by philosopher Armen Avanessian (Thomas Mann Fellow).

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Fukuyama was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department’s policy planning staff. He is the author of books like „Identity. The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment“, „The End of History and the Last Man“, and „America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy“.


Thomas Mann House
1550 San Remo Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Participation by invitation only.

Media partners for the series are Deutschlandfunk, Los Angeles Review of Books and Süddeutsche Zeitung.


Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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