2019 DeVane Lectures: “Power and Politics in Today’s World”

Professor Ian Shapiro delivers the first of his DeVane Lactures on Aug. 29, 2019.

Free and open to the public, the 2019 DeVane Lectures will meet from 11:35 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the lecture hall of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS 114, 1 Prospect St.), beginning on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Readings and materials

Lecture slides and videos


Students in this course will write two papers, due by midnight on Oct. 21 and Dec. 6, respectively. 

Office hours

Office hours with course Professor Ian Shapiro will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays in Rm. 201 of Rosencranz Hall, 115 Prospect St., starting on Sept. 4. 

In addition, five times during the semester, Shapiro and a designated teaching fellow will record “virtual office hours,” in which they’ll answer recurring and/or interesting questions raised by students.

About ‘Power and Politics’

How did we get from the huge euphoria that followed the fall of communism in the early 1990s to our present politics of fear and resentment, and what are the prospects going forward? Sterling Professor of Political Science Ian Shapiro plans to answer these questions for Yale students and the general public in his fall 2019 course “Power and Politics in Today’s World,” the latest in Yale’s DeVane Lecture series.

The DeVane Lecture series is a free program that invites members of the New Haven and Yale communities to attend a semester-long class alongside Yale students, who can take the course for credit.

Shapiro has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004. Shapiro also served as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies from 2004-2019. His most recent books are “The Real World of Democratic Theory” (Princeton University Press, 2012); “Politics Against Domination” (Harvard University Press, 2016); and, with Frances Rosenbluth, “Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself” (Yale University Press, 2018).