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The Difficulty of Democracy

Ethics & Public Life

The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life promotes interdisciplinary learning about morally central questions concerning public policies and social, political and economic processes.


"Politics and Justice in the Era of Donald Trump"

In 2018-19, EPL will present a series of public lectures, followed by discussion, in which eminent visitors will address challenges and transformations of American politics in the era of Donald Trump. The Fall lectures will be:

Wednesday, Sept. 12:  Daniel Ziblatt (Government, Harvard) on danger signs and lessons from how democracies die

Monday, Oct. 15:  Michael Dawson (Political Science, Chicago) on the politics of identity in struggles for change

Monday, Nov. 12:  Brian Schaffner (Political Science, Tufts) on the roles of racism, sexism and economic anxiety in support for Donald Trump

All lectures will be 4:30-6:00 in Klarman Auditorium.

Videos of these lectures will be available here.

Videos of lectures from previous EPL series are available here and here.

Spring lectures will include Sheri Berman (Political Science, Barnard) on parallels with the rise of right-wing populist parties and the decline of center-left parties in Europe, on Feb. 14.

Online Videos by EPL: "Where is China Headed?"

Beginning an innovative online presence, the Program on Ethics and Public Life has created "Where Is China Headed?", a free online series on facts and controversies with leading China scholars: