Professor of History

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“Does Democracy Need Truth?: A Conversation with the Historian Sophia Rosenfeld”

The New Yorker Interview - January 31, 2019

Two years into Trump’s Presidency, the historian Sophia Rosenfeld reminds us that “democracy insists on the idea that truth both matters and that nobody gets to say definitively what it is.”

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“Is "Wisdom of the Crowd" an Oxymoron?”

Interview on The Brian Lehrer Show - January 25, 2019

Sophia Rosenfeld explores democracy's inherent conflict between the "wisdom of the crowd" and the need for elite vetting of information.

 
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“Truth and Faith”

Interview on The Democracy Test: A Six Part Radio Series and Podcast - November 2, 2018

What happens in a democracy when we can’t believe in anything?  When we don’t even believe in our nation’s ability to govern itself?  Faith in democracy decays. Participation erodes. The politics of possibility in our nation demand some sense of shared reality and basic level of belief that government  can serve the common good. What will be the lasting impact of our current break in truth and faith?

 
 

“Democracy and Truth”

Talk at The University of Pennsylvania - November 15, 2018

How, historically, have democracy and truth been connected to one another? Why is that relationship seemingly in peril now in the U.S. and in much of the world? And what, if anything, can be done in our “post-truth” age?

 

“Populism, Conspiracy and Common Sense from Thomas Paine to Donald Trump”

Talk at CRASSH: The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University - June 1, 2017

Populism is best understood as a style of politics rather than a specific doctrine. But ever since the eighteenth century, its appeal has depended upon a kind of built-in conspiracy theory: that the current crisis stems from the fact that the real people have been robbed of a power that they once naturally possessed, and the situation can only be rectified by a return to their unjustly neglected 'common' sense. In the age of Paine, this theory helped spur the development of a democratic political order. Yet already by the time of the French Revolution – and to this day, as the current Trump regime in the US demonstrates – a common sense populism threatens to undermine democracy at every turn in ways that this talk spells out. 

 

“Conspiracies and Common Sense - From Founding to the Trump Era”

Chicago Humanities Festival - January 10, 2018

What is the history of civic beliefs-the convictions that ground our political lives?

 

“Common Sense: A Political History: Interview with Sophia Rosenfeld”

CSPAN Book TV - March, 2011

Sophia Rosenfeld talks about her book, Common Sense: A Political History on the University of Virginia campus while at the Virginia Festival of the Book.