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Yascha Mounk: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart


Thu Nov 10, 2022
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
60 mins


Toronto Reference Library
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon

TPL and Toronto Metropolitan University presents renowned writer and academic Yascha Mounk in conversation with Sanjay Ruparelia, on stage and in-person at Toronto Reference Library's Appel Salon space.

Yascha Mounk is a writer and academic known for his work on the crisis of democracy and the defense of philosophically liberal values. In his new book, The Great Experiment: Why Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure, Mounk draws on history, social psychology, and comparative politics, to examine how diverse societies have long suffered from the ills of domination, fragmentation, or structured anarchy. The urgent problem that remains is how can we strike a fair balance between our personal identities and the fundamental needs of representational democracy for all.

Yascha Mounk explores these themes in conversation with Sanjay Ruparelia.

Question and answer session and book signing to follow. Books available for purchase.

Read More:

About Yascha Mounk
About Sanjay Ruparelia

Read The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How Can They Endure

This event is part of our signature On Civil Society series, where we host local and international authors, activists and academics in conversation about the most critical topics of our time.

Generously supported in part by Chris M. Reid.


Note: This is an in-person event at The Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, the premiere event space for Toronto Public Library's cultural and heritage programming located on the second floor of the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street).

Arrive early, meet people. The talk starts at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm. Come early so you can chat with your fellow literature lovers, and make new friends. As with all Appel Salon events, we'll have a cash bar with a selection of beer, wine, and liquor, as well as sandwiches and snacks.

Please don't print your tickets. We'll either scan your ticket on your smartphone or quickly find your name on our tablets and check you in.

This event will not be live streamed but the replay will be made available to watch on TPL's YouTube channel.

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