Where America First Went Wrong on Confederate Monuments

Memory Project director Jalane Schmidt writes in SLATE on Charlottesville's Confederate monuments finally coming down and

why we must not forget how they got there in the first place. 

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Wednesday, April 14th @ 2:00PM

Join the Memory Project of the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative for its virtual launch event featuring a discussion with Susan Neiman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, moderated by Washington Post columnist Michele Norris. Audience questions will be welcomed.

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New Faces of Democracy

Democracy Initiative Co-Directors Melody Barnes and Laurent Dubois join Nancy Bynum on the New Faces of Democracy podcast to discuss the threats to democracy, the inherent conflict within democracies, and while we have a lot of work to do, reasons to be optimistic.

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Still We Rise

Funded by the Democracy Initiative's Memory Project, the Reflections podcast "Still We Rise" is featured in Cville Weekly.

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  • Memory Project director Jalane Schmidt writes in SLATE on Charlottesville's Confederate monuments finally coming down and

    why we must not forget how they got there in the first place. 

    Read Here

  • Join the Memory Project of the University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative for its virtual launch event featuring a discussion with Susan Neiman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, moderated by Washington Post columnist Michele Norris. Audience questions will be welcomed.

    Register Here

  • Democracy Initiative Co-Directors Melody Barnes and Laurent Dubois join Nancy Bynum on the New Faces of Democracy podcast to discuss the threats to democracy, the inherent conflict within democracies, and while we have a lot of work to do, reasons to be optimistic.

    Listen Here

  • Funded by the Democracy Initiative's Memory Project, the Reflections podcast "Still We Rise" is featured in Cville Weekly.

    Learn More

In the Spotlight

The lab's recent film, God $ Green: An Unholy Alliance, featured in Yale's Climate Connections.

   

UVA President Jim Ryan joines Professors Siva Vaidhyanathan and Will Hitchcock on the Democracy in Danger podcast.

New class of Equity Center Community Fellows joins UVA as 2020 class continues.

  

Spirit & Struggle: Landmarks of Black Sacred Song - A screening of Artist-in-Residence Micah Watson's films "40th and State" and "Barky's"

Professor Daniel Gingerich and Post-Doctoral Researcher Jan Vogler analyze what the Black Death can tell us about the impact of modern pandemics.

Joshua Alley, Philip Breedlove, Alexandra de Hoop Scheffer, James Goldgeier, Todd Sechser

A Global Contagion and Chronic Threats to Democracy

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.

Democracy Initiative Graduate Seminar- Rethinking Sovereignty and Belonging in Colonial Contexts

Registration: http://bit.ly/DI_GradSeminar

This webinar is the culmination of the inaugural 2020-21 Democracy Initiative Graduate Seminar. Organized and facilitated by the DI Graduate Fellows, the conversation brings together two leading scholars of settler colonialism to discuss their work on state violence and Indigenous resistance, embodied citizenship and belonging, the role of the scholar and the politics of the archive. 

CLEAR Lab

Professor Daniel Gingerich and Post-Doctoral Researcher Jan Vogler analyze what the Black Death can tell us about the impact of modern pandemics.

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