SNF Agora Institute Launches Democracy Dialogues Series with JHU President Ron Daniels
16 April 2019

On Thursday, April 18, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University will host the first in its new series of Democracy Dialogues with University President Ron Daniels.

This inaugural event will feature a conversation on the role of technology in democracy.

The series will bring together diverse perspectives from scholars, journalists, policy makers, and other figures of civic life. In conversations with President Daniels, they will examine how institutions, people, and policies can contribute to or undermine democracy. This first event will bring together professor and author Zeynep Tufekci and investor and author Alec Ross. Tufecki’s research explores how developments in the use of big data and algorithmic decision-making affect society and inform power structures. Ross was Senior Adviser for Innovation to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and now advises investors and corporations.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Mason Hall Auditorium.

Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, and philosophy, in order to facilitate the restoration of open and inclusive discourse.