November 2018

At a time when the American society is deeply divided socially, politically, and culturally, and in a rapidly changing world facing serious environmental and developmental challenges, can we identify reasons for hope? The International Panel on Social Progress, gathering hundreds of researchers from all continents, publishes its first report, with resolute optimism about what is possible and great caution about what is likely to happen. The panelists will discuss human rights and global governance, cultural and religious trends, and how to address the populist challenge by more — not fewer — democratic initiatives. John Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University Leslye Obiora, Professor of Law, The University of Arizona Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of University Center for Human Values, Princeton University Eldar Shafir, Class of 1987 Professor in Behavioral Science and Public Policy, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University Moderator: Deborah Amos, Visiting Lecturer in The Council of the Humanities and Ferris Professor of Journalism, Princeton University; International Correspondent, NPR