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Led by Karsh Family Gift, UVA Plans $100 Million for Institute of Democracy

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Memory Project Director Jalane Schmidt on the removal of Confederate statue in Charlottesville

Memory Project Director Jalane Schmidt comments for The Guardian on the removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville, noting "when the statues came down, it was such a relief.”

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Co-Director Laurent Dubois on Haiti's continuous cycle of of upheaval

Co-Director Laurent Dubiois writes for The Washington Post on the assassination of Haitian president Jovel Moïse and the role it plays in a pattern that undermines democracy.

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  • Memory Project Director Jalane Schmidt comments for The Guardian on the removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville, noting "when the statues came down, it was such a relief.”

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  • Co-Director Laurent Dubiois writes for The Washington Post on the assassination of Haitian president Jovel Moïse and the role it plays in a pattern that undermines democracy.

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In the Spotlight

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

   

Siva Vaidhyanathan writes for Wired on Facebook's failing antitrust and content moderationt tools.

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.

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.

Todd Sechser, Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, joined the UVA Club of Richmond for a discussion on Addressing Nuclear Weapons and International Threats. 

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.

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-Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts & Sciences