Join us for conversations on key events, places, texts and thinkers that help us understand the history and principles of democracy. 

Spring 2022 Events:

Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy

Featuring Mark Edmundson and Jahan Ramazani 

Date: Friday, February 11 

Time: 12:00 PM

Register here for the virtual event

Remembering Algerian Independence

Featuring Samia Henni and Sheila Crane 

Date: Friday, March 25

Time: 1:00 PM

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The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville

Featuring Sophia Rosenfeld and Olivier Zunz 

Date: Friday, April 1

Time: 4:00 PM

Register here soon for the in-person event


Renaissance Humanism, Democracy, and the University​

Featuring Christopher Celenza (Johns Hopkins University) and Chad Wellmon (UVA), moderated by Jacqueline Arthur-Montagne (UVA)

Date: Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Watch the Recording Here

Democracy Dreams: José Martí and Cuba in the Nineteenth Century​

Featuring Ada Ferrer (New York University), moderated by Jalane Schmidt (UVA)

Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021

Time: Noon-1:30pm 

Location: Virtual Webinar

Watch the Recording Here

Edmund Burke and Democracy

Featuring Yuval Levin (American Enterprise Institute), moderated by Jennifer Tsien (UVA)

Date: Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Time: Noon-1:30pm

Location: Virtual Webinar

Watch the Recording Here

For questions regarding the Touchstones of Democracy event series please contact the Nau Lab Manager, Dr. Jessica Kimpell Johnson at [email protected]