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TOUCHSTONES OF DEMOCRACY SERIES

Join the Democracy Initiative's Nau History and Principles of Democracy Lab for conversations about key events, places, texts, and thinkers that help us understand the history and principles of democracy. 

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Sign up for a One Small Step Conversation

Sometimes we need a reminder that there is humanity in every person – even those we disagree with politically. One Small Step is an opportunity to find community through open minds and open conversation.We invite you to record a One Small Step interview! 

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Nature of Justice Workshop Series: Thoughts on Recognition to Restoration and/or Repair

Join the UVA Democracy Inititative's Repair Lab on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 12:00pm -1:00pm for a conversation with Dr. Julie Sze.

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First Year Students: Apply now to join the Student Advisory Council!

Student Advisory Council applications for first-year students are being accepted through Wednesday, November 10th, 2021. 

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White Power on Trial: A12 & Social Media |Monday, Nov 1. @ 6PM, In-Person and Online

Join Jessie Daniels and Aniko Bodroghkozy for a live recording of the podcast Democracy in Danger hosted by Siva Vaidhyanathan and Will Hitchcock. You’ll hear analysis on Sines v. Kessler — the lawsuit against the organizers of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. 

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  • Join the Democracy Initiative's Nau History and Principles of Democracy Lab for conversations about key events, places, texts, and thinkers that help us understand the history and principles of democracy. 

    LEARN MORE

  • Sometimes we need a reminder that there is humanity in every person – even those we disagree with politically. One Small Step is an opportunity to find community through open minds and open conversation.We invite you to record a One Small Step interview! 

    Register Here

  • Join the UVA Democracy Inititative's Repair Lab on Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 12:00pm -1:00pm for a conversation with Dr. Julie Sze.

    Learn More

  • Student Advisory Council applications for first-year students are being accepted through Wednesday, November 10th, 2021. 

    Apply Here

  • Join Jessie Daniels and Aniko Bodroghkozy for a live recording of the podcast Democracy in Danger hosted by Siva Vaidhyanathan and Will Hitchcock. You’ll hear analysis on Sines v. Kessler — the lawsuit against the organizers of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. 

    More Information Here

In the Spotlight

Learn more about UVA Democracy Iniative's partnership with StoryCorps One Small Step. 

Siva Vaidhyanathan writes for The Guardian on recent leaks exposing Facebook and Instagram.

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.

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

The Religion, Race & Democracy Lab seeks story ideas from first-generation undergraduate students on how religion and race contribute to, challenge, and complicate democratic societies. Deadline: November 15.

Memory Project Director Jalane Schmidt comments on Charlottesville's confederate statues finally coming down for CNN. 

SANDIP SUKHTANKAR: AUTHENTICATION STANDARDS AND THE TRADEOFFS IN TACKLING CORRUPTION

Abstract: How should citizens prove their identity in order to access publicly provided goods and services? We use a large-scale experiment to evaluate the effects of more stringent ID requirements based on biometric authentication currently being imposed by the Government of India, characterizing how this has affected errors of inclusion and of exclusion in the delivery of subsidized food in the state of Jharkhand.

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“The impact of our work will reverberate in the future citizen-leaders we educate, in the innovative research that advances our understanding of the democratic project, and in the public engagement that influences its future prospects through policy.”

-Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts & Sciences