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Call for new Democracy Lab, Workshop, and Book Fellowships Proposals

The Democracy Initiative is pleased to announce a call for new Rotating Democracy Lab Proposals. Proposals are due on October 1, 2021. An information session will be held on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10tth at 2:00PM.

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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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Democracy Initiative Co-Director Laurent Dubois on earthquake in Haiti; political future

Democracy Initiative Co-Director Laurent Dubois comments for WMAU NPR on how the massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti influences their already unstable political future.  

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UVA Today: This Democracy Activist Found Shelter at UVA and Is Sharing His Wisdom With Students

Myo Yan Naung Thein, who has spent decades trying to bring democracy to his home country, fled Myanmar in disguise after a military coup in February with the help of the Democracy Initiative’s Democratic Futures Working Group.

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How Activism Changed the Scholarly Frame Across Disciplines: The Lessons from Environmental Justice

Join the Democracy Initative's Repair Lab for a conversation with Dr. Gerald Torres on Tuesday Sept. 28th, 12:00-1:30 pm.

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  • The Democracy Initiative is pleased to announce a call for new Rotating Democracy Lab Proposals. Proposals are due on October 1, 2021. An information session will be held on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10tth at 2:00PM.

    Register/Learn More

  • 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

  • Democracy Initiative Co-Director Laurent Dubois comments for WMAU NPR on how the massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti influences their already unstable political future.  

    Listen Here

  • Myo Yan Naung Thein, who has spent decades trying to bring democracy to his home country, fled Myanmar in disguise after a military coup in February with the help of the Democracy Initiative’s Democratic Futures Working Group.

    Read More

  • Join the Democracy Initative's Repair Lab for a conversation with Dr. Gerald Torres on Tuesday Sept. 28th, 12:00-1:30 pm.

    Register Here

In the Spotlight

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.

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

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

The lab's recent film, God $ Green: An Unholy Alliance, featured in Yale's Climate Connections.

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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