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*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today
September 23, 2020
Vermont Humanities Digital Channels
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.