Michael Sandel – Live on Stage in London | How To Academy



Thu, 8 June 2023

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm BST

Michael Sandel – Live on Stage in London

In Conversation With Emily Maitlis

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“Rock star” philosopher Michael Sandel has dazzled presidents and Prime Ministers, filled stadiums and packed out the Sydney Opera House. He’s here to guide us through turbulent times in conversation with Emily Maitlis.

Michael Sandel is that rarest of creatures: a philosopher whose ideas echo through the halls of power and genuinely transform how we think about the world. In an ever-more divided age when rational debate seems increasingly side-lined, Sandel brings people together to ask serious questions about the kind of society we want to live in – and to reason with civility across our disagreements.

Returning to How To Academy for his first in-person appearance since the pandemic, and joining award-winning journalist and broadcaster Emily Maitlis, he’ll reflect upon the world in our time and answer your questions about politics, morality, and society.

Why are we so polarized?  Is society a meritocracy – and would it even be a good thing if it was? Have elites lost the moral authority to govern?  Is democracy in recovery or retreat?  Is there any hope for a politics of the common good?

The big questions of philosophy are as urgent and relevant today as they ever were. Hear what the ‘the most important and influential living philosopher’ (TLS) has to say about them in this unmissable live event.

Described as the “most popular professor in the world” (Die Zeit), Sandel’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages; his online course, ‘Justice,’ has been viewed by tens of millions; his lectures pack the halls of Harvard and venues around the world, including an outdoor stadium in South Korea, where 14,000 came to hear him speak.  Join us as Sandel and Maitlis help us think through the most vexing moral and civic questions of our time.

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Michael Sandel

Political philosopher, Harvard

Internationally bestselling political philosopher Michael Sandel has the answer. The “most popular professor in the world” (Die Zeit), Sandel is as at home speaking to packed stadiums in South Korea and rapt audiences at the Sydney Opera House as he is in the lecture halls of Harvard, Oxford, and the Sorbonne.

Emily Maitlis

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster

Emily was recognised by GQ Magazine as one of the most influential people in Britain. Having covered elections in the US and UK for the BBC, she fronted Newsnight, becoming a stalwart of the broadcaster’s news output and a trusted voice with the viewing public. She has interviewed Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, the last six UK Prime Ministers, and prominent figures including Mark Zuckerberg, Usain Bolt, and Emma Thompson. She now presents the chart-topping podcast The News Agents with Jon Sopel and Lewis Goodall. Emily is author of the Sunday Times bestseller, Airhead: An Exploration of the Imperfect Art of Making News, and has written for The Sunday Times, the Spectator, the Guardian, the Evening Standard and the New Statesman.