Cambridge (MA), January 2015

This semester at the Kennedy School, I’ll be teaching two courses, open to undergraduates and cross-registrants from other schools.

In DPI 205: Representation and Responsibility—The Demands of Public Life, I’ll be drawing on my own experience to explore with students the inner realm of political action: the excitement of leading others, the challenges of battle and the demands of responsibility. I’ll be asking what it takes to succeed in the modern democratic arena and what it is like to fail.

In IGA 360: Sovereignty and Intervention, I’ll be working with students to understand the moral, legal and political dimensions of intervention: why a few have succeeded and why so many have failed.

I’ll also be giving some public lectures — they’re listed below — and I hope to see some of you there. Finally, I’ll be posting new pieces of writing as they appear, and when I see something I thought you’d enjoy reading I’ll let you know, on Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch. Any civil message gets a civil answer!

Michael Ignatieff


The Challenge of 'Illiberal Democracy' and 'Capitalist Authoritarianism' Central European University, Budapest - Monday, March 16, 5:30-7 PM

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary Issue of Social Research, The New School, New York, New York - Thursday, April 9, 6-8 PM

Is Freedom Divisible? Capitalism and Authoritarianism in the 21st Century, Jefferson Lecture on Freedom, Wellesley College, Massachusetts - Monday, April 13, 7-9 PM

The Battle for Standing: Fighting for the Right to be Heard in Politics, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago - Thursday, April 16