DEMOCRACY & DISTRUST: A conversation on race, inequality, and civic cooperation

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Race and opportunity are contested territory in our current political climate. How did we get here? Can we begin to mend relations in the face of systemic inequalities? How can dialogue catalyze change? This program aims to address how we can restore trust in one another and in our political system, build safer and stronger communities, and move beyond entrenched opinions through intentional acts of conversation.

Hosted by Federal Hall National Memorial, the site where the Bill of Rights was introduced to the first Congress, the conversation will be moderated by Shani Jamila, Managing Director of the Urban Justice Center, and will feature:

Christopher Lebron, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Yale University

Michael Lynch, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Humanities Institute

Deva Woodly, Assistant Professor of Politics at The New School

The Democracy in Dialogue Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  It is part of the Democracy in Dialogue series by the New York Council for the Humanities and is co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU.


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