How can we confront the problems of diminished democracy, pervasive economic inequality, and persistent global poverty? Is it possible to fulfill the dual aims of deepening democratic participation and achieving economic justice, not only locally but also globally?  This panel will take up the themes of social movements across borders, the prospects for empathy and solidarity with distant others, and the problem of gender and class inequalities in contemporary societies, as well as ways in which democratic deliberation can be enhanced by online networking and extended to the institutions of global governance.


Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now!

Steven Lukes, Professor of Sociology, New York University

Robert Basil Talisse, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University

Carol Gould, Distinguished Professor, Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Michael Menser, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Brooklyn College


Carol Gould  

Carol Gould is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Hunter College and in the doctoral programs in philosophy and political science at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Gould is also the Director of the Center for Global Ethics & Politics at the Ralph Bunche Institute, as well as the Editor of the Journal of Social Philosophy.

Amy Goodman  

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide, including WBAI and CUNY-TV in New York. She is the author of several books, including The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.

Steven Lukes  

Steven Lukes is the author of numerous books and articles about political and social theory. Currently he is a professor of sociology at New York University. He was  formerly a fellow in politics and sociology at Balliol College, Oxford. He was then, in turn, a professor of political and social theory at the European University Institute, Florence, of  moral philosophy at the University of Siena and of sociology at the London School of Economics.

Robert Basil Talisse  

Robert Basil Talisse is a professor and department chair of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Professor Talisse has published a number of books on a range of topics including political philosophy, pragmatism, ethics, and democracy.

Michael Menser  

Michael Menser first started teaching at Brooklyn College as an adjunct in 1995, became full time in 2003, and was tenured in 2009. His current areas of research are environmental ethics and social-political philosophy especially with respect to the food system, bioregionalism, and urban democracy.  His most recent publications are on food sovereignty and he is finishing a book on participatory democracy (PD).

Realizing Democracy, Theorizing for a Global Age | Posted on February 5th, 2015 | Faculty Public Programs, Human Rights Program Events, Public Programs