The Democracy's Futures seminar, co-convened by Ashraf Ahmed (Law) and Seyla Benhabib (Law) for Fall 2022, is an on-going Columbia initiative to explore and bolster democracy through engaged scholarship. From the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change, democracies face enormous structural challenges. These challenges have both exposed long-term erosion of our capacity for self-rule and opened the space for re-imagining what a robust and resilient form of popular government might look like.
We intend the seminar to be a forum for open, robust, and creative conversation both within the Columbia community and beyond. We hope participants will find the seminar a place to sharpen their ongoing scholarship and find inspiration for new and politically engaged work.