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

Spring 2023 Events

The US Founding and Constitutional Culture

Featuring Jonathan Gienapp and Christa Dierksheide
Date: Wednesday, February 1
Time: 12:00 PM

Join Jonathan Gienapp, Associate Professor History at Stanford University, and Christa Dierksheide, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of the Age of Jefferson, for a conversation on Gienapp’s book The Second Creation: Fixing the American Constitution in the Founding Era (Harvard University Press) and his more recent work on the culture of the U.S. Constitution and debates over its legacy.

Léopold Senghor and Senegalese Democracy

Featuring Sarah Zimmerman and Emily Burrill
Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 12:00 PM

Educating the Ancient Citizen

Featuring Josiah Ober, Jacqueline Arthur-Montagne, and Ted Lendon
Date: Wednesday, April 12
Time: 12:00 PM


Chilean Constitutional Reform

Featuring Camila Vergara and Thomas Klubock
Date: Friday, November 11
Time: 12:00 PM

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Rethinking Representation

Featuring Hélène Landemore and Kevin Duong
Date: Friday, October 21
Time: 12:00 PM

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Algorithms and Democracy

Featuring Nicol Turner Lee and Anton Korinek
Date: Friday, September 30
Time: 12:00 PM

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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

The Life of Alexis de Tocqueville

Featuring Sophia Rosenfeld and Olivier Zunz
Date: Friday, April 1
Time: 4:00 PM

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Remembering Algerian Independence

Featuring Samia Henni and Sheila Crane
Date: Friday, March 25
Time: 1:00 PM

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Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy

Featuring Mark Edmundson and Jahan Ramazani
Date: Friday, February 11
Time: 12:00 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

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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

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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

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