The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: The Anti-Democratic Turn, January – March, 2021


Join us for our 2021 Phil Lind Initiative series on The Anti-Democratic Turn. Learn more below and register for our first event on January 21st with Michael Sandel, political philosopher and Professor at Harvard University. 


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Have a wonderful winter holiday,



Lindsay Marsh (she/her/hers) 
Manager, Communications and Program Development
School of Public Policy and Global Affairs 
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The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: The Anti-Democratic Turn

#LIND21 | January – March, 2021

The unprecedented assault on the rules and norms of democracy in the US over the past four years has exposed its vulnerability. The problems have become all too familiar: corruption, disinformation, foreign interference, gerrymandering, social media complicity, voter suppression, and the previously inconceivable threat that the outgoing president would refuse to concede and instead launch a series of futile but harmful legal challenges to democracy itself. Despite the eventual outcome of the presidential election, democracy in the US may not be as resilient as we once thought. If we accept that the previous administration is a symptom of more deeply rooted problems in American society, how do we begin to address these emerging fault lines in the democratic process? How can we protect the integrity of our democracies in an era marked by authoritarian resurgence and nativist backlash?

The Phil Lind Initiative 2021 series on The Anti-Democratic Turn will explore these questions and more, with virtual events featuring leading intellectuals and authors including Michael Sandel (January 21), Charles Blow, (February 4), Anne Applebaum (February 25), Timothy Snyder (March 4), and Danielle Allen (March 18).

The Phil Lind Initiative Presents: Michael Sandel
Thursday, January 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tickets now available. Register here.

Each of our public events held virtually is free to attend. Tickets will be available approximately a month before each event.

The Phil Lind Initiative’s mandate is to invite prominent U.S. scholars, writers, and intellectuals to UBC to share ideas with students, faculty, and the wider community on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

Subscribe to our Phil Lind Initiative Newsletter for updates on our events.

Hosted by: The UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs






Thursday, January 21, 2021