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In Defense of Democracy and Liberalism

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Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall

Columbia University

515 West 116th Street

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In Defense of Democracy and Liberalism Laurent Cohen-Tanugi in conversation with Adam Gopnik

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Laurent Cohen-Tanugi and Adam Gopnik explore ideas about current threats to democracy, the meaning and value of liberalism, and the rise of populism in the U.S., France, Great Britain and beyond, explored in their recent books, Cohen-Tanugi’s Résistances: La démocratie à l’épreuve, and Gopnik’s A Thousand Small Sanities: the Moral Adventure of Liberalism.

Cohen-Tanugi’s book focuses on the threats to democracy posed by Brexit, Trump’s election, and the fragility of the French political situation. Gopnik’s book is a revisiting and defense of the idea of liberalism against attacks by both the Right and the Left, proposing that "Liberalism isn't a political theory applied to life. It's what we know about life applied to a political theory. That good change happens step by step, stone by stone, and bird by bird, that we advance in life by invisible thoroughfares and, feeling our way along in their darkness, awaken to find ourselves changed and, sometimes, improved." Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive ahead of time to secure a spot.

Event sponsored by the Knapp Family Foundation.

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