Hahrie Han, a political scientist from University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), recently began her appointment as the inaugural director of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Hopkins. The SNF Agora Institute is an interdisciplinary academic and public forum that aims to promote a healthy democracy by fostering civic engagement, inclusive dialogue and open exchange of ideas. Han previously served as the Anton Vonk Professor of Political Science and Environmental Politics at UCSB, where she ran a lab focused on civic and political participation, collective action and social change. As the SNF Agora Institute’s inaugural director, Han said that she was excited about the unique ability of the institute to tackle what she thinks are some of the most central challenges people face today. ”Sometimes you might see other institutes that might be think tanks, not grounded in the university community, or you might see university-based institutes that aren’t as focused on engaging with the world,” she said. “I think SNF Agora Institute is really just a unique opportunity to bring all of those things together.” The institute draws its name and inspiration from the ancient Athenian agora, a public gathering space that was the center of… Read full this story
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