Modeled on a 1947 project of the Hungarian art movement called the European School, the Invisible Symposium asks sixteen public intellectuals across the globe some of the most burning questions on modern democracy. Why is it ailing? What challenges will it face in the years to come? Writers from Jacobin, N+1, and The Nation deliver a staged reading of their responses, giving voice to a virtual conversation among the world’s most important thinkers.
Directed by Judith Barnes.
Edited by Roger Conover.
Cornel West, philosopher, United States
Margaret Atwood, author, Canada
Naomi Klein, author, Canada
SOUTH AND LATIN AMERICA
Íngrid Betancourt, politician and activist, Columbia
Carsten Jensen, author and political columnist, Denmark
Chantal Mouffe, political theorist, Belgium
Garry Kasparov, chess grandmaster, Russia
Julia Kristeva, philosopher, Bulgaria/France
Leonidas Martin, artist, Spain
Péter Nádas, writer, Hungary
THE MIDDLE EAST
Ariella Azoulay, curator and filmmaker, Israel
Shirin Neshat, visual artist, Iran/United States
Shirin Ebadi, J.D., Iran
Ai Weiwei, contemporary artist, China
Boualem Sansal, novelist, Algeria
Larissa Behrendt, academic and writer, Australia
Emceed and Hosted by Brooke Gladstone.
Co-sponsored by Fritt Ord and The New School.