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Workshops & seminars, Conferences & lectures

Democracy and Inequality

with Dr. Melissa Williams,
Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto
Date & time

Monday, May 29, 2017
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Speaker(s)

Dr. Melissa Williams,
Professor and Founding Director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto

Cost

Participants must register to attend: Register here

Contact

WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x7854

Where

Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.

Wheelchair accessible

Yes

In her workshop, Dr. Williams will begin by tracing the relationship between the idea of democracy and ideas of equality by asking, “What sort of equality does democracy require?”  From there, she will turn to the empirical phenomenon of increasing economic inequality to explore whether it poses a threat to healthy democracy.  Tracing the social scientific evidence on the relationship between inequality and contemporary upheavals in democracy such as ethnic populism and polarization, she will invite students to reflect on which ideals of democratic equality are at stake and whether there are trade-offs among them. Does a focus on inequalities along the lines of gender, race, religion and culture come at the cost of a focus on economic inequalities?  The workshop will conclude by exploring the emergence of intersectional movements such as the Women’s March as a potential new paradigm for democratic equality.




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