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DEMOCRACY UNDER THREAT? A series of one day talks. Book for one or more

June 10, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 7:30 pm

FREE but booking required

Is democracy really under more threat now than ever before, or has democracy always been flawed? Is it possible to create principles of tolerance and a civic society at a time of mass inequality?

As we approach the first anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox, we consider whether democracy itself is under threat. Global inequality, an electorate seemingly disillusioned with mainstream politics, the rise of extremist political parties and the power of social media have combined to bring about some of the most unexpected political results in recent times. How will Brexit, a Trump Presidency, a resurgent Russia and the use of ‘information warfare’ impact on the pursuit of democracy?

11.30am to 1pm The Threat to Democracy Our expert panel, including Mark Laity of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and journalist Nesrine Malik, considers the threats to democracy.

2pm to 3.30pm Democracy, News and Social Media Speakers, including David Patrikarakos, Contributing Editor to The Daily Beast and Daniel Pearl, Channel 4’s Deputy Head of News and Current Affairs, explore the effects of social media and fake news on democracy.

4pm to 5.30pm Democracy and Europe Our expert speakers, including Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman, Founder and Secretary General of the European Culture Parliament and journalist Agnès Poirier, reflect on the future of democracy in Europe in the wake of Brexit.

6pm to 7.30pm Where Next for Democracy? We explore the future challenges for diplomacy. Speakers include Ögmundur Jónasson, Honorary Associate, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Supported by The Morrell Centre for Toleration which is generously funded by the C and J B Morrell Trust

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June 10, 2017
11:30 am - 7:30 pm
FREE but booking required
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York Festival of Ideas
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Ron Cooke Hub Auditorium, University of York
Heslington East
York, YO10 5DD
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