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Published on Apr 17, 2012
Opening a multi-year conversation on the theme of "Solidarity: The Character of the Public" thirty scholars and politicians from Europe (Eastern and Western) as well as from the US met upon invitation of the Institute for Human Sciences and Columbia University on March 9-10, 2012, to identify and discuss relevant clusters of questions about democratic publics, participation, the public interest and solidarity. Speakers included Kurt Biedenkopf, Former Prime Minister of Saxony, Sven Giegold, Member of the European Parliament, Nicolas Lemann, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, and political scientist Sidney Verba, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.