Democracy and the Critical Skills with Dr. Ethan Hollander & Charlie Jett

What is Democracy and what are the alternatives? What does a country need to support a healthy democratic form of government? Just how fragile is our Constitutional Republic? Join Charlie and Professor Ethan Hollander as they discuss these challenges – a clear and present danger to our country.

Dr. Ethan Hollander

Dr. Ethan Hollander is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wabash College. In his own words, “I love my job, this college, and its community because it gives me the ability to teach and learn from the most engaged students an educator could hope for, to ask questions about important and fascinating social and political phenomena, and to be a part of a dynamic and supportive community.”

“In both my teaching and my scholarly research, I hope to bridge academic disciplines in an effort to better understand the world in which we live. For example, I am writing a book on the Holocaust (Hegemony and the Holocaust: State Power and Jewish Survival in Occupied Europe) which uses the concepts and methods of contemporary political science to answer a fascinating historical question: Why did more Jewish people survive in some German-occupied countries compared to others during World War II? The answer is not what you might expect, and forces us to reconsider everything from our understanding of politics and history, to the moral and ethical questions that arise from warfare, imperialism, genocide and state-sponsored violence.”

“My interdisciplinary approach also informs my teaching, where my current teaching portfolio includes such varied courses as Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict; European Politics; Politics of the Middle East; and Research Methods and Statistics. I also enjoy sharing the process of original scholarly research with my students, and have worked with students on topics such as warfare, the Holocaust and genocide, European Union immigration policy, South African electoral reform, and Vietnam War photography, just to name a few. Part of the beauty of working in a small college is the opportunity to share the learning process with my students who, in turn, teach me more than I could learn on my own.”

“Finally, this community allows me to pursue my non-academic interests, which include hiking, pottery, and making good food (like yogurt and cheese). Indeed, my primary personal interest, exploring my community, is connected with my primary scholarly endeavor: To learn new things and to share the process of learning with those around me. That’s a job from which I never hope to retire.”

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