Our 2020–21 Consider This conversation series is all about democracy and civic engagement—how it works, who gets to participate, and how it can break down. Join us for conversations with journalists and scholars with insight into how our democracy is working and the threats it faces. On April 27, we'll talk with filmmaker and writer Astra Taylor, director of the documentary What Is Democracy? and author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone.
The conversation will take place starting at 5:00 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, April 27, via Zoom and YouTube. To join us and other viewers in our virtual lobby for post-talk conversation, please RSVP here. If you'd rather just watch live, you can do so on this page. Recordings of the program will be available shortly after the event.
Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of multiple documentaries including What Is Democracy? and the author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone and the American Book Award–winning The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She is cofounder of the Debt Collective, a union for debtors, and contributed the foreword to the group’s book, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition. Her new collection, Remake the World: Essays, Reflections, Rebellions, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books.
Consider This is made possible thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Oregon Cultural Trust, Northwest Natural, Tonkon Torp LLP, Stoel Rives LLP, the Kinsman Foundation, and the City of Portland's We Are Better Together program. This program was funded by the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This event is cosponsored by League of Women Voters of Portland.
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