Garry Kasparov to teach Intersession course

JHU students are invited to register for the SNF Agora Intersession course Frontlines of Freedom, which will be taught by pro-democracy activist and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov in January 2022.

Kasparov, a member of SNF Agora's board of overseers, is chairman of the Renew Democracy Initiative, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the public to uphold constitutional principles in their civic behavior. RDI's recent project, Frontlines of Freedom, brings together 52 dissidents from 28 oppressive countries to share their struggles for democracy. CNN partnered with RDI to create an original series titled Voices of Freedom, which featured 13 of RDI's Freedom Fellows sharing their stories and making a case for supporters of democracy to fight for our right to speak freely and vote in honest elections.

As part of that larger project, the Frontlines of Freedom intersession course will take a comparative perspective on American democracy and activism, leveraging the expertise of foreign dissidents from oppressive countries who have spent decades fighting against the trends that we're still just coming to understand. Over four days, prominent dissidents from oppressive countries will join the course as guest lecturers to discuss authoritarianism and the global struggle for democracy, American flaws and exceptionalism, and how to build a pro-democracy coalition.

Date: Jan. 18-21
Location: Homewood campus
Time of day: 10 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
Format: In-person
Course Number: AS.196.351 (31)

Please visit the Office of the Registrar for more information or to register.