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Fall 2020 Public Debate Series

The Program on Ethics and Public Life hosted a public debate on October 1: "Health vs. Economy in the pandemic response: What is the right balance?"

This discussion featured Matthew Adler, professor of law and economics at Duke University and Peter Vallentyne, the Florence G. Kline Chair in Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The debate was moderated by Rachana Kamtekar, Cornell professor of philosophy.

The full video recording of this event is now available to view via Cornell's video on demand.

The EPL debate series is made possible by the Andrew and Andrea Potash Fund

Fall 2019 Speaker

 In “Populism, Globalization and our Current Disorder: Interests and Identity as Political Drivers,” a public lecture by Peter Gourevitch (Political Science, UC San Diego), he will discuss how the dislocations and challenges of the current phase of globalization are shaping American politics and culture. Monday, October 7, 2019, 4:30 pm, HEC Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall.

video of the lecture

"The Two Worlds of Mr. Chen": EPL's most recent video on China

“The Two Worlds of Mr. Chen,” based on footage shot for EPL in China, is a just-released documentary about a migrant family in China split between Beijing and a tiny village in Henan. The Chens’ responses to the challenges of their urban/rural split and the views of the past and present and hopes for the future expressed by the Chens and their fellow-villagers illuminate a great transformation of life in China. Other videos in the EPL collection, "Where is China Headed?" include Tianamen 1989 in Depth, a documentary including an audio made in the square during the final repression, and presentations and discussions by leading China scholars.


Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 Speaker Series

on "Politics and Justice in the Era of Donald Trump"

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

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

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

Feb. 14: Sheri Berman (Political Science, Barnard) on current challenges to democracy in Europe

Videos of lectures from Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 are available here.

Spring 2018 Speaker Series

"Six Lectures on the Difficulty of Democracy: Challenges & Prospects"

Feb. 9: Paul Pierson (Political Science, Berkeley) on The Risk of ‘Democratic Backsliding’: How Inequality & Polarization Threaten American Democracy”

 Feb. 26: Nicholas Carnes (Political Science, Duke), Why is the U.S. Government an Upper-Class  Club?: Class Barriers to Political Office and the Future of American Democracy

 March 12: Chen Li (Brookings) on The Fate of Intra-Party Democracy in the Era of Xi Jinping:  Paradoxes, Perils, and Prospects

 March 26: Michel Dawson (Political Science, Chicago) rescheduled for 2018

April 16: Atul Kohli (Politics, Princeton) on India’s Two-Track Democracy: Vibrant Citizens, Oligarchic Rulers

April 30: Arlie Hochschild (Sociology, Berkeley) on Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger at Government & Liberal Hopes, Can We Come Together Without Losing Ground?

Videos of lectures from Spring 2018 are available here.

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 Speaker Series

"The Making of the President 2016: Issues and Processes, Hopes and Fears"

Spring 2016 Speaker Series

"Inequalities: How Deep? Why? What Should be Done?"

click here to access archived videos of Spring 2016 lectures

Spring 2015 Video Series

"Where is China Headed?"

click here to access "Where is China Headed?" videos


Fall 2014 Speaker Series

click here to access Ching Kwan Lee and Tony Saich China lectures
click here to access Claudia Goldin Sesquicentennial lecture

Fall 2013 Speaker Series

"After the American Century: Fears and Hopes for America's Future"

Fall 2012 Speaker Series

"Deep Issues of the 2012 Elections: Equality, Liberty and Democracy"

click here to access archived videos of Fall 2012 lectures

Spring 2012 Speaker Series

"The Politics and Ethics of the Rise of China"

click here to access archived videos of Spring 2012 lectures