Talk & Discussion

Second Home x Berggruen Institute: Michael Sandel & Elif Shafak

14 Sep 2020

 / 7:00pm to 8:00pm
 / Free
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Second Home x Berggruen Institute present: Michael Sandel & Elif Shafak


How has the divide between winners and losers poisoned our politics and driven us apart? What can we do about it?

Join rock star philosopher Michael Sandel and award-winning novelist Elif Shafak for an exclusive online conversation around the themes raised in Sandel’s new book The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?

Essential viewing for anyone who has been wondering:

  • How can we emerge from this pandemic as a fairer and more inclusive society?
  • How have our politics become so polarized?
  • Can we restore social solidarity?
  • Do we need to rethink our attitudes toward success?


This event is part of a new series presented by Second Home and Berggruen Institute – public events that bring together the most inspiring and celebrated figures of our time to exchange and discuss groundbreaking cultural, social and political ideas.


You can pre-order an exclusive signed bookplate copy of the Tyranny of Merit from our independent bookshop in London Libreria.

If you live in the UK, you can purchase a copy at checkout. For those outside the UK, email our bookshop keeper Lloyd on [email protected] – available for delivery (worldwide)


Event Details

This is a virtual event hosted online via Zoom

Timings – 7pm (BST) | 11am (PDT)

Register for free to receive the Zoom link the day before the event


This event has now passed. You can watch it back on our youtube channel here, or listen to the talk on our Creative Collisions podcast on Spotify and iTunes.