Rethinking Democracy in an Age of Pandemic: Democracy Without A Public Sphere
May 27, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
With access to the conventional means of protest lost and the news media under potentially catastrophic economic pressures, this final instalment in the five-part workshop series will ask if democracy can function without the public sphere.
Further details on this session will follow shortly.
Bill Emmott is a writer and consultant best known for his 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Economist. He is the author of 14 books variously on Japan, Asia, the twentieth century and Italy, and narrated and co-writer of a documentary film about Italy, Girlfriend in a Coma. He is currently chair of the Trinity Long Room Hub board.
Melody Barnes is Co-Director for Policy and Public affairs for the Democracy Initiative and Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor at the University of Virginia. She was Director of White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress and Chief Counsel to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Fintan O’Toole is an Irish Times columnist and writer. He was the winner of the 2017 European Press Prize and Orwell Prize. His most recent works include Heroic Failure: Brexit and Politics of Pain (2018) and The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism (2019).
Crises of Democracy Curriculum
About the series
This is a special five-part series organised by the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute in partnership with the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University in response to the Covid-19 crisis.