Posted on 8 October 2014
A small country. A suffocating debt. A crisis. There would be hardly a better time to breathe some freedom. This was the motto of the 3rd Annual Conference of the Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, a Portuguese charitable trust whose mission is to study and promote debate on the Portuguese society. Over two days, artists, writers, journalists, and political theorists, such as Jeremy Waldron (Oxford), Seyla Benhabib (Yale), Michael Ignatieff (Harvard), Roberto Mangabeira Unger (Harvard), and Monica Brito Vieira (York) gathered in the Cultural Centre of Belém, Lisbon, to debate the concept of freedom and its current constraints with an audience of 1500 people. The conference was covered live by a national TV station and streamline to most universities in the country, with speakers engaging with questions sent by their students. Debates were both in English and in Portuguese.
You can access them on the foundation’s website: http://www.presentenofuturo.pt/liberdade/sessoes/a-ideia-de-liberdade