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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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VIRTUAL EVENT: Tues. Nov. 16th 2:00-3:15pm

Down with the Confederacy! Lessons from Black Activists is a conversation with Bree Newsome and Emil Little, whose

powerful symbolic acts of civil disobedience inspired the protest movement. Atlantic staff writer Clint Smith will moderate.

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What the 14th Century Plague Tells Us About How Covid Will Change Politics

Regions hit hardest by the Black Death in Europe looked more democratic centuries later. CLEAR Lab Co-Director Professor Daniel Gingerich and Assistant Professor Jan Vogler of the University of Konstanz discuss what this means for society coming out of this pandemic.

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In Charlottesville, Bringing People Together through One Small Step

In October, the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Democracy Initiative hosted a launch event for a new partnership with StoryCorps’ One Small Step program, making Charlottesville the project’s fifth city targeted for recruitment and UVA its first major academic partner.

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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

  • Down with the Confederacy! Lessons from Black Activists is a conversation with Bree Newsome and Emil Little, whose

    powerful symbolic acts of civil disobedience inspired the protest movement. Atlantic staff writer Clint Smith will moderate.

    Register Here

  • Regions hit hardest by the Black Death in Europe looked more democratic centuries later. CLEAR Lab Co-Director Professor Daniel Gingerich and Assistant Professor Jan Vogler of the University of Konstanz discuss what this means for society coming out of this pandemic.

    Read Here

  • In October, the University of Virginia’s (UVA) Democracy Initiative hosted a launch event for a new partnership with StoryCorps’ One Small Step program, making Charlottesville the project’s fifth city targeted for recruitment and UVA its first major academic partner.

    Read More

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 graduate and undergraduate students on how religion and race contribute to, challenge, and complicate democratic societies. Deadline: December 6.

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

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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