Join us for conversations on key events, places, thinkers and texts 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

Watch the Recording Here

Remembering Algerian Independence

Featuring Samia Henni and Sheila Crane 

Date: Friday, March 25

Time: 1:00 PM

Watch the Recording Here

The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville

Featuring Sophia Rosenfeld and Olivier Zunz 

Date: Friday, April 1

Time: 4:00 PM

Video coming soon

Democracy & Dance at The Paramount Theater 

Featuring UVA’s Karsh Institute of Democracy executive director Melody Barnes, Christina Johnson (profiled in Misty Copeland’s new book, Black Ballerinas), Brandye Lee, Keith Lee, and Dr. Maria Chee.

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 4:15 PM

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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) winner of a 2022 Pulitzer Prize, 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