In recent years, concerns about threats to democracy have often been couched in the form of a metaphor: contagion. Researchers, analysts, and activists have issued dire warnings of the threats posed by fascist, populist, and authoritarian movements spreading, like a disease, throughout the bodies of democratic societies and institutions. Indications of democracy’s vulnerabilities to attack abound.
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Siva Vaidhyanathan writes for The Guardian on recent leaks exposing Facebook and Instagram.
The Equity Center worked with Albemarle County’s Office of Equity and Inclusion to create an Equity Profile anaylizing various conditions across demographic groups and geographic areas that contribute to well-being.
The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab seeks story ideas from first-generation undergraduate students on how religion and race contribute to, challenge, and complicate democratic societies. Deadline: November 15.
Memory Project Director Jalane Schmidt comments on Charlottesville's confederate statues finally coming down for CNN.
Professor Daniel Gingerich and Post-Doctoral Researcher Jan Vogler analyze what the Black Death can tell us about the impact of modern pandemics.
Join Jessie Daniels and Aniko Bodroghkozy for a live recording of the podcast Democracy in Danger hosted by Siva Vaidhyanathan and Will Hitchcock. You’ll hear analysis on Sines v. Kessler — the lawsuit against the organizers of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
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