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Forthcoming Talks across the University (non-DTP events)


The Bennett Institute

Centre for the Future of Democracy - Launch Event

Riley Auditorium, Clare College
29 January 2020 / 5.00pm - 8.30pm

Is democracy in a global “crisis”? If so, how does the situation today compare to similar moments of doubt – Western Europe in the 1970s, or the emerging market financial crises of the late 1990s?

At the launch of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Future of Democracy, Dr Roberto Foa will answer these questions, presenting key findings from his report on public satisfaction with democracy – across countries and regions from 1962 to 2020.

With comment and response from David Runciman and Helen Thompson of Talking Politics.


Michael Ignatieff on the future of democracy

The Babbage Lecture Theatre (followed by a drinks reception in the Whale Cafe)
12 February 2020 / 5.15 – 8.30pm

This event is one of a series to launch Cambridge University’s new Centre for the Future of Democracy. Everyone welcome. Brought to you in conjunction with the Cambridge Literary Festival and the Talking Politics podcast.



Churchill College, Cambridge
16 April 2020

Registration has now opened for our annual conference.

Speakers include:
Professor Stephen Toope, Geoff Mulgan CBE, Lord David Sainsbury, Professor Michael Kenny, Professor Diane Coyle, Professor David Runciman, Polly Mackenzie, Professor Nick Pidgeon, Professor Richard Jones, Gareth Davies, Prof Emily Shuckburgh, Dr Marianne Sensier, Dr Tanya Filer, Dr Matthew Agarwala.

Further speakers to be announced.