The fourth and final public event of the series “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” took place on October 20, 2016, at the University of Zurich.
An audience of about 180 persons followed the engaged discussion about the role of academics and science in democratic societies between Katja Gentinetta, Svenja Goltermann, Michael Hermann and Thomas Widmer. Moderating the debate, the journalist Peer Teuwsen invited our participants to focus, among other things, on the following questions: Should academics participate in public debates, and if so, when and how? Can social sciences and humanities offer objective contributions to democratic discussions? And what is the impact of becoming a ‘public intellectual’ on one’s academic career?
For those who couldn’t make it to the event,
- Read our report of the event (in English)
- Read the article of the history students’ journal ETÜ (in German)
- Check the video below
We thank Graduate Campus UZH for their financial support for the entire “Democracy: Bridging Facts and Norms” series.