This June, as part of the Summer Nostros Festival in Athens, the SNF Agora Institute will host a workshop, Disrupting Polarization, to introduce the type of work the institute will be undertaking—from exploring the decline of modern dialogue and decision-making, to sharing lessons learned on promoting open discussion, to proposing innovative reforms to reverse the corrosive deterioration of norms. The event will bring together an international group of scholars and practitioners grappling with the problems facing modern democracy and searching for solutions in this current era of propaganda and distrust.
The day will begin by looking to the ancient past for parallels to our current crisis of democracy, and it will conclude with a conversation about innovative new venues for nurturing modern dialogue. In between, panels will probe the role education and educational institutions can and should play in bolstering civil discourse, as well as the extent to which disinformation—a widely discussed but often misunderstood phenomenon—is undermining democracy around the world.
Because this workshop is intended as an opportunity not just to share research and insights but to model what civil discourse with an engaged citizenry can look like, audience members will be encouraged to ask questions of panelists throughout the program.
The workshop is taking place as part of the SNF’s monthly series, DIALOGUES.
Watch opening remarks and panels 1 and 2 live:
Watch panels 3 and 4 and closing remarks live:
|8 a.m.||Welcoming Coffee|
|9:05 a.m.||Welcoming Remarks
|9:10 a.m.||Opening Remarks, Ronald J. Daniels, president, Johns Hopkins University|
|9:25-10:10 a.m.||Panel 1: Disrupting Polarization: A Lesson From History – Ancient Parallels to Modern Phenomena
|10:10-10:55 a.m.||Panel 2: Disrupting Polarization: The University’s Place
|10:55-11:40 a.m.||Coffee Break|
|11:30 a.m. -12:25 p.m.||Panel 3: Disrupting Polarization: Understanding Disinformation
|12:25-1:10 p.m.||Panel 4: Disrupting Polarization: New Forums for Dialogue
|1:05-1:20 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
Download the full program.