SNF Agora director, author of recent NYT op-ed, to teach Hopkins course
18 December 2019

Practicing Democracy, the title of a course she’ll be teaching during Johns Hopkins University’s upcoming Intersession program, is something SNF Agora Institute director Hahrie Han thinks a lot about.

In a recent opinion piece published in The New York Times, Han asserts that “Democracy is a muscle,” developed though use in tackling concrete, immediate problems.

Hopkins’s Intersession program, which runs in January, gives students the opportunity to spend about a month exploring engaging topics outside the ambit of the university’s fall and spring semester offerings. Practicing Democracy will take a research-based approach to examining “how organizations turn individual resources into collective power.”

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, SNF committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute in 2018. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from political science, psychology, philosophy, and other fields to foster open and inclusive discourse. Han is its inaugural director.