The Phil Lind Initiative

TACKLING THE MOST URGENT
ISSUES OF OUR TIME

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GPP 591

Lind Initiative Seminar

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The Anti-Democratic Turn

#LIND21 | January – March, 2021

The unprecedented assault on the rules and norms of democracy in the US over the past four years has exposed its vulnerability. The problems have become all too familiar: corruption, disinformation, foreign interference, gerrymandering, social media complicity, voter suppression, and the previously inconceivable threat that the outgoing president would refuse to concede and instead launch a series of futile but harmful legal challenges to democracy itself. Despite the eventual outcome of the presidential election, democracy in the US may not be as resilient as we once thought. If we accept that the previous administration is a symptom of more deeply rooted problems in American society, how do we begin to address these emerging fault lines in the democratic process? How can we protect the integrity of our democracies in an era marked by authoritarian resurgence and nativist backlash?

The Phil Lind Initiative 2021 series at UBC will explore these questions and more, with virtual events featuring leading intellectuals and authors including Michael Sandel, Charles Blow, Anne Applebaum, Timothy Snyder, and Danielle Allen.

Each of the public events is free to attend. Tickets will be available approximately a month before each event.

The Phil Lind Initiative is hosted by the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. The initiative’s mandate is to invite prominent U.S. scholars, writers, and intellectuals to UBC to share ideas with students, faculty, and the wider community on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

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#LIND21 SPEAKERS

Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel

Political philosopher; Professor, Harvard University

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Charles M. Blow

Charles M. Blow

Op-Ed columnist, The New York Times; Best-selling author

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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Writer, The Atlantic; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

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Upcoming Event:
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder

Professor of History, Yale University; Award-winning author

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Upcoming Event:
Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University; political theorist; public intellectual; cultural commentator

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Upcoming Event:
Thursday, March 18, 2021

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