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Ada Ferrer Wins Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Ada Ferrer for winning a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Cuba: An American History. She participated in a conversation about

the book for the Nau Lab’s Touchstones of Democracy series.

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Russian Nuclear Forces on High Alert

Professor Todd Sechser weighs in on potential for Russian nuclear attacks and World War III

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Religion and Democracy on the African Continent

Virtual Conference: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Possibilities, May 7 – 8, 2022 | 9 am – 4 pm

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  • 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

  • Congratulations to Ada Ferrer for winning a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Cuba: An American History. She participated in a conversation about

    the book for the Nau Lab’s Touchstones of Democracy series.

    Watch the Video Here

  • Professor Todd Sechser weighs in on potential for Russian nuclear attacks and World War III

    Watch here

  • Virtual Conference: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Possibilities, May 7 – 8, 2022 | 9 am – 4 pm

    REGISTER 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.

How worried should we be about Russia using nuclear weapons? Lab Director Todd Sechser weighs in on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $199,663 in support of the Religion, Race & Democracy Lab’s forthcoming podcast series on religion and climate change.

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center selected to recieve the Lee statue, with plans to transform it into a new work of art that will reflect racial justice and inclusion

Memory Project

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center selected to recieve the Lee statue, with plans to transform it into a new work of art that will reflect racial justice and inclusion

Equity Center

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.

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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