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*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23, 2020
7:00 pm

Vermont Humanities Digital Channels
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece
Please note: this free event will be held on the Digital Programs portion of our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel. The talk is part of our Fall Conference 2020.

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens.

She will examine the types of information that Athens sought from its citizens, and then investigate how assumptions regarding citizens’ knowledge and their capacity for good judgment have changed over time. She will conclude by suggesting some of the implications that her findings may have for civic education and for the contemporary media landscape.

TED-Ed talk: What did democracy really mean in Athens?

About Melissa Schwartzberg

Melissa Schwartzberg is an American political scientist. She is Silver Professor of Politics at New York University, and is affiliated with New York University’s Department of Classics and its School of Law. She is the 2020 winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences and author of Counting the Many: The Origins And Limits Of Supermajority Rule.


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Richelle Franzoni
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