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May 16, 2024

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Daniel Ziblatt

Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and 
co-author with Steven Levitsky of the 
global bestseller 
How Democracies Die

Tyranny of the Minority
America is at a crossroads: It will either become a multiracial democracy or cease to be a democracy at all.

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February 1, 2024

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Franklin Foer​
Author and Staff Writer at
The Atlantic

Joe Biden's White House
and the Struggle for America's Future
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April 26, 2023

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Matt Armstrong
Expert on public diplomacy
and political warfare

The Politics of US Information Warfare: 
The history, why we are so bad at this, and current challenges given the domestic and geopolitical situation.

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October 19, 2022

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Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Professor of History and Italian Studies
New York University

How Illiberal Leaders Consolidate Power
and How They Can Be Defeated

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October 25, 2021


Steven I. Wilkinson
Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale
Siddharth Varadarajan
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Wire
Manjari Chatterjee Miller
Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations 

Is India’s Democracy at Risk? 
Democratic success, regional tension, and foreign policy today

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May 18, 2021

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David W. Blight
Sterling Professor of History, of African American Studies and of American Studies, Yale University

Frederick Douglass: Prose Poet of Democracy in His Time and Our Own
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December 10, 2020

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Odd Arne Westad
Elihu Professor of History at Yale

The Sources of Chinese Conduct
Are Washington and Beijing Fighting a New Cold War?

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June 25, 2020


David Frum
Writer, Political Commentator


A Post-Trump America
How to renew American world leadership after Trump

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October 8, 2019

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Daryl Davis
Musician and Social Activist

How Can You Hate Me When You Don't Know Me?


February 15, 2019

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Ben Rhodes
Obama Administration Security Advisor and Speechwriter

Reflections on My Years in the Obama White House

Photo: ©Natalie Moser

April 25, 2024


Yaёl Eisenstat
Tech and Democracy Activist

Democracy's Cyber Defendant
Polarization, Elections, and AI
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November 29, 2023


Nastya Stanko

in conversation with 
The New Yorker's Moscow correspondent 

Joshua Yaffa

Reporting Ukraine: An Evening with One of Ukraine's Premier War Correspondents 
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A joint event with Bard College Berlin

March 2, 2023


Joshua Yaffa
Author and contributing writer for
The New Yorker

A Continent at War
Russia, Ukraine, and the West

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October 5, 2022


Thomas Homer-Dixon
Executive Director 

of the Cascade Institute
Royal Roads University

Commanding Hope
The Power We Have
to Renew a World in Peril

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September 30, 2021


Jan-Werner Mueller
Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Princeton

Democracy Rules

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March 25, 2021


Robert B. Zoellick
Former Ambassador, Diplomat and President of the World Bank

America in the World
U.S Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Past, Present and Future
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September 21, 2020


Jan-Werner Mueller
Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Princeton

Trump's Lesson: Rebuilding Democracy After the Crisis

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March 6, 2020


Kamilla Arku
Callie Shell

“Hope, Never Fear”: A Personal Portrait of the Obamas and a musical program of pioneering African-American composers

September 24, 2019


David Frum
Writer, Political Commentator

How Can Western Democracy Survive?

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November 5, 2018


Anne Applebaum
Pulitzer Prize winning historian, journalist and commentator
on geo-politics 

Democracy and Disinformation 
Understanding our New Normal

February 22, 2024

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Ian Shapiro
Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University

Angry Populist Politics:  
Why it is Happening 
and What to do About it
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October 26, 2023


David Frum
Writer, Political Commentator and
best-selling author

Can America Be Trusted Again?

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December 12, 2022

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Odd Arne Westad
Elihu Professor of History
and Global Affairs
Yale University

U.S. - China Relations
in light of the Ukraine War

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April 27, 2022

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George Packer
Award-winning author and staff writer at The Atlantic

Is there still hope?
America in Crisis and Renewal

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June 28, 2021

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Jason Stanley
Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University


How Fascism Works


February 2, 2021


Arun Chaudhary
American Political Operative and Filmmaker

To Lead a Movement, You Need a Story / Bringing Art into the World of Political Campaigns

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July 20, 2020


Nina Jankowicz
Author and Disinformation Fellow
at the Wilson Center

How to Lose the Information War
Russia, Fake News and the Future of Conflict

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December 3, 2019

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Timothy Snyder
Levin Professor of History,
Yale University

Can the United States be a Free Country?

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February 28, 2019

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Timothy Snyder
Levin Professor of History,
Yale University

Democracy in Danger
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