Watch Live: Pippa Norris Speaks in Tallinn


As the main attraction of this year's forum by the Open Estonia Foundation, a lecture by Pippa Norris will be broadcast on ERR at 18:00 (GMT +3) this evening.

Pippa Norris' research comprises public opinion, elections, democratic institutions, cultures, gender politics, and political communications around the world.

Prof. Norris' lecture in Tallinn will consider the impact of globalization on cultural identity. - "Do Cosmopolitan Communications and Globalization Possess a Threat to National Cultures?" is the topic of the already XVI Open Society Forum.

"She will speak about an issue of utmost importance to small nations and countries in the modern world,” said Mall Hellam, Executive Director of the Open Estonia Foundation.

A professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Norris previously served as the head of the UN Democratic Governance Group. This year she, along with professor Ronald Inglehart from the University of Michigan, was awarded the Johan Skytte prize in political science for “contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context, transcending previous mainstream approaches of research".

Mrs Marju Lauristin, Professor from Tartu University will also participate in the debate, the Forum will be moderated by journalist Priit Hõbemägi.

Watch live between 6 pm - 8 pm ( GMT +3) on www.err.ee/vestlused

The Open Society Forum first took place back in 1996 and the topic was dedicated to Open Society as a whole. The first keynote speaker was Aryeh Neier, the current President of the Open Society Foundations. Over the years, various themes connected with the constantly changing society, democracy and politics have been discussed. Among the keynote speakers of the Open Society Forums have been philantropist and founder of the OSF George Soros, the former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, American economist Jeremy Rifkin; Finnish politician, civil society and Human Rights activist Heidi Hautala, political scientist Robert Putnam who – like Pippa Norris – has done research on social capital, historian Timothy Garton Ash and many others.

The foundation works to help develop open society in Estonia and other countries