Professor Michael Sandel returns to Public Forum in Who Needs Truth? An Evening of Politics and Performance at the Great Hall at The Cooper Union. If news can be fake and facts have alternatives, how are we to know what’s true anymore? Does a post-truth politics tilt toward tyranny? Join the Aspen Institute, The Cooper Union, and The Public Theater’s Public Forum for an evening featuring Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel leading a debate on the fate of truth in our society. Sandel will be joined by an extraordinary array of artists who’ll set the stage with thought-provoking performances.
Sandel will be joined by poet Elizabeth Alexander; actors Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof); Brandon Victor Dixon (Hamilton); John Lithgow ("The Crown"); dancer, actor and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Carmen de Lavallade; immigration activist and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, and others, who will set the stage with thought-provoking readings and performances.
The event is free and open to the public. The general public should reserve a space. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house. The house will open at 6:45 p.m; at 7:20 p.m., those on standby will be allowed to claim any remaining seats, so please plan a timely arrival.