Lecture Series

As part of its commitment to fostering public policy debate, the Donner Canadian Foundation hosts a semiannual, public lecture series featuring some of the world's most prominent intellectuals.

Most Recent Lecture: The Decline of Democracy

by Yascha Mounk

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 / Toronto

Yascha Mounk

Liberal democracies across the globe are in serious decline, while far-right groups and authoritarian leaders – populists – are on the rise. Yascha Mounk is a go-to authority on why democracy is in perilous danger. His third book, The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger & How to Save It, offers a critically important analysis of the decline of democracy and what we can do to renew it.

Mounk is an Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Johns Hopkins University, where he holds appointments in both the School of Advanced International Studies and the Agora Institute. He is also a Senior Advisor at Protect Democracy, a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Reiss Center on Law and Security, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Writing regularly for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Die Zeit, Mounk has appeared on radio and television in over ten countries. He covers populism, resistance, and activism for Slate in “The Good Fight” column, and is the host of a new podcast, also called “The Good Fight,” which features insightful political analysts such as George Packer, Mark Blyth, Brian Klaas, and others.

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Past Speakers

Our series has featured such influential thinkers as Steven Pinker, Niall Ferguson, Anne Applebaum, Hernado de Soto, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Click here for a full list. 



We distribute lecture invitations approximately one month in advance.

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