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Invitation Pop-up Debate: Praesidium Libertatis and how to (re)act on changing populism

Wednesday 15 February 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Tribune stairs

Leiden University – Campus The Hague organises on Wednesday 15 February a debate about changing populism.

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States turns out not only to be a harbinger of a changing world order, but also a precursor of more populist, anti-elitist politics throughout Europe. We are witnessing  increasing harassments of journalists, judges, and intelligentsia. There is a strong tendency towards denouncing facts and the invention of "alternative facts". In this emerging context, the question to the academic community, to staff and students, is how to (re)act to this changing atmosphere. This question is especially important for our University, that has upheld its motto of Praesidium Libertatis, for over four centuries. Hence the issue at stake is whether we should ignore the turmoil and continue our scientific work as before? Or should we become more activist and stand up against the current that is getting stronger? Or is there a middle ground of strategies that we should pursue?

Different speakers will bring their statements about how to (re)act to changing populism.

You are invited to join this debate. Come listen and share your ideas about the current developments and the role the university and scientists in general.

Date: Wednesday 15 February

Location: Tribune stairs of Wijnhaven, Turfmarkt 99 The Hague

Time: 12:30 - 13:30 hrs.

With: Eduard van de Bilt, Maarja Beerkens, Cecily Rose and Brandon Zicha and free coffee and tea

Moderator: Caspar van den Berg

We hope to see you there!


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