Past Stanfield Conversations

2021 Stanfield Conversation: Democracy on Edge

The inaugural conversation took place Thursday, September 23, 2021 and featured Professor Charles Taylor, an internationally celebrated Canadian political philosopher whose wide-ranging work has bridged philosophical theory and political action, and Professor Simone Chambers, a leading international specialist in democracy studies. The moderator was Dalhousie alum and former host of CBC’s Power & Politics, Vassy Kapelos. The discussion of “Democracy on Edge” laid the foundation for future Stanfield Conversations, delving into both urgent contemporary challenges and perennial dilemmas facing democracies world-wide.


2022 Stanfield Conversation: Technology, Media Fragmentation, and the Crisis of Democracy in America

The second Stanfield Conversation focussed on “Technology, Media Fragmentation, and the Crisis of Democracy in America.” The event took place on Thursday, October 20, 2022, and featured leading political scientists and communications specialists Dr. Kathleen Hall JamiesonDr. Ron Deibert, and Dr. Elizabeth Dubois. The moderator of the 2022 Conversation was the host of CBC Nova Scotia's Information Morning and Dalhousie alum, Portia Clark.


2023 Conversation: 
"Can democracies meet the challenge of climate change?"  

This third Stanfield Conversation focussed on the topic, "Can Democracies meet the Challenge of Climate Change?" The event took place on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 and featured three of Canada's leading experts in climate policy and politics: Megan LeslieNaheed Nenshi, and Dr. Mark Jaccard. The moderator of the 2023 Conversation was host of CBC Mainland Nova Scotia's afternoon show Mainstreet on Radio One and Dalhousie alum, Jeff Douglas.


Thank you to CBC Nova Scotia for sponsoring the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Stanfield Conversations.