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Author Daniel DiSalvo of City College of New York, opens Tocqueville Series

Daniel DiSalvo, author and City College of New York-CUNY Associate Professor of Political Science, will speak on the campus of Furman University Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. in McEachern Lecture Hall, Furman Hall 214.

His CLP talk, “Has Party Reform Made America Ungovernable?” is free and open to the public. The lecture is the first in the five-part Tocqueville series, “Love, Friendship and Politics.”

A professor in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College, and a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, DiSalvo focuses on American political parties, elections, labor unions, state government and public policy.

He is the author of “Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010” (Oxford, 2012) and “Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences” (Oxford, 2015).

DiSalvo writes frequently for scholarly and popular publications including National Affairs, City Journal, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News and The New York Post.

DiSalvo holds a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Virginia.

Other lectures slated for the Tocqueville Series include:

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
“Bringing America Together”

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
Mark Edmundson, Professor of English, University of Virginia
“In Defense of Ideals”

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Johns Hall 101
Mary P. Nichols, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Baylor University
“Friendship in Aristotle’s ‘Ethics’”

Wednesday, April 10, 5 p.m., Watkins Room, Trone Student Center
David Bromwich, Professor of English, Yale University
“Power, Passion, and Mark Antony”

For more information, contact Paige Blankenship in the Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs at 864-294-3547 and Or visit

About the Tocqueville Program
The Tocqueville Program is an intellectual community devoted to seeking clarity about the moral and philosophic questions at the heart of political life. The program hosts curricular and extracurricular activities designed to help students and faculty to engage seriously with the most powerful arguments behind diverse and competing religious, political and ethical points of view. The program is named for Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French author, statesman and traveler who developed a “new science of politics” focused on the study of the modern democratic soul. On the contested, partisan questions of his time, Tocqueville “undertook to see, not differently, but further than the parties.” The Tocqueville Program aims to follow his example.

Last updated August 5, 2022
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