20 MARCH 2020 / SNF Agora Series Asks What Democratic Participation Looks Like in the Age of Social Distancing

How are political and social systems influencing the global spread of COVID-19? And how, in turn, might they begin to be reshaped by it?

A new series of conversations from the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University will explore what the new reality of this pandemic means for politics and policy. The webcast discussions will consider topics from the impacts of the virus on the 2020 U.S. presidential election to what inclusive civic engagement might look like in a time of social distancing.

SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19 launches via livestream on Friday, March 20 from 12 -12:45 p.m. SNF Agora Institute inaugural director Hahrie Han will be joined by Collen Barry, Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Hopkins, and Brendan Nyhan, a professor in Dartmouth’s Department of Government.

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.