Racism and Democracy

Panel discussion with Jelani Cobb, Mary Hooks, and Bitta Mostofi, moderated by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole.


Democratic CHANGE: A World Without Prisons

Ruth Wilson Gilmore in conversation with Mariame Kaba.


Democratic CHANGE: Work in 2020 and Beyond

Felicia Wong, Michelle Holder, Paul Krugman, and Brigid Schulte discuss the pandemic’s effects on the U.S. workforce.


Conference on Coalitional Democracy
Three panels will discuss the latest thinking on coalitions and their relationship to political parties and social movements.


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In fall 2018 the CUNY Graduate Center launched The Promise and Perils of Democracy to examine the state of democracy and envision its future in a rapidly changing world. 

This website encapsulates the ideas shared by leaders and scholars from the Graduate Center and across the world. It has become a resource to many, especially amid the crises and turmoil of the last few years. We invite you to explore the event videos, news, and scholarship posted here.

Our deep thanks to Carnegie Corporation of New York for its generous support of this vital project.

504, 2023

Nancy Pelosi in Conversation with Paul Krugman

April 5, 2023|Events|

Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi - 52nd speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first woman to serve as speaker - enters the conversation with Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman, distinguished professor of economics and a senior scholar at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the CUNY Graduate Center. Photo Credit: Photo: Paula Vlodkowsky

2303, 2023

Can Democracy Survive in the US?

March 23, 2023|Events|

Katrina vanden Heuvel, publisher and editorial director of The Nation, moderates a conversation between Jamelle Bouie, columnist for The New York Times Opinion section, and Corey Robin, Political Science professor at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

903, 2023

Frances Moore Lappé in Conversation with John Torpey

March 9, 2023|Events|

"Hunger is not created by a scarcity of food; hunger is created by a scarcity of democracy:" Frances Moore Lappé discusses her thoughts on the role of food, on how to create a living democracy, and how everyday people can reverse democracy’s decline, with John Torpey.

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