Using our conversation program format in a new, online way, we invite you to speak with people who might never cross your path but who are struggling with the same anxieties and preserving the same hopes as you.
The couch conversations unite people from across New York State to discuss how communities can endure — and in some aspects be strengthened — during this frightening period of our history.
Each of these conversations will be built around a brief reading that will spark conversation and will be facilitated by a member of HNY's team. Online Community Conversations are hosted on Zoom.
Join HNY for an online conversation, facilitated by a member of our team.
Principles of Democracy: Another Reconstruction
January 13th, 8:00pm-9:00pm
January 13th, Humanities New York will host “Another Reconstruction,” the second in our free, two-part online town hall series featuring David Bromwich, Jedediah Purdy, Leah Wright Rigueur, and Brandon M. Terry. At this first town hall, our guest speakers will summarize some of the components they see as necessary for a free and open democracy — such as trust, free expression, as well as basic civics education — and then evaluate the contemporary threats to those principles.
On January 20th, we'll hold a Community Conversation for all interested in continuing the discussion. Hosted over Zoom, we invite you to reflect on the principles of democracy.
To complement these online events and conversations, we have also curated a brief selection of readings that set forth or examine some of the first principles upon which our democracy rests. Many of these pieces were written by the guest speakers who will be participating in both of HNY’s upcoming town halls.