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.

Find books authored by our speakers on the UBC Bookstore website.

Upcoming Events

18/03/2021 5:00 pm

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: Danielle Allen


UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is proud to host Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University, political theorist, public intellectual, and cultural commentator, for a virtual event as part of our 2021 Phil Lind Initiative series on The Anti-Democratic Turn.

Thursday, March 18, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST

This event was moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, UBC.

A full recording of this event will be posted under our Video page shortly.