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Democracy Matters: Diversity, Polarization, and Racial Injustice

October 20, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:20pm
Zoom Webinar

Speakers for 10/20:

Host: Debra Satz, Dean of H&S

Racial injustice:

Richard Banks — Race, Inequality and the Law

Richard Ford 

Allyson Hobbs — The Black Lives Matter Movement and the Power of Protest

Diversity and polarization:

James Fishkin — Bridging Political Divide

Hazel Markus — Inclusion in Diverse Societies

The webinar on October 20 is open to everyone, including Stanford community members and the general public. The webinar will not be livestreamed. Please register for the Zoom webinar.

The video of the webinar will be posted to

Should the U.S. close its border to immigrants? What are the ramifications of income inequality? How has COVID-19 changed life as we know it?  Why are Americans so politically polarized? How can we address racial injustice?

As the 2020 election approaches, faculty members from across Stanford will explore and examine some of the biggest challenges facing society today. Each week will be dedicated to a different topic, ranging from health care and the economy to racial injustice and challenges to democracy.

Faculty with expertise in philosophy, economics, law, political science, psychology, medicine, history, and more will come together for lively conversations about the issues not only shaping this election season but also the nation and world at large.

There will also be Q&A following the initial discussion.

The webinar will be recorded and the link to the video shared on this event page.


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