Tenth Annual Fall Symposium
Free Public Symposium
E Pluribus Paralysis:
Can We Make Our Democracy Work?
Congressional approval ratings have declined to historic lows this year during a session that is alleged to be the least productive in our history. Indeed, lawmakers are so gridlocked that the federal government was forced to shut down, further frustrating the electorate. Entrenched social divisions exacerbate an already tense situation and conflict is pervasive. We are at an impasse.
Fortunately, some of the brightest minds around will offer ideas at our 10th annual symposium for getting our politics back on track. We are hosting three interrelated conversations, each exploring a different aspect of our theme and featuring some of the country's most prominent scholars, practitioners, and political observers. For the first time, all three sessions will be orchestrated by the same moderator – the award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Clayson.
Since our inaugural symposium on presidential power in 2004, each symposium has examined a fundamental aspect of our democracy or the interplay between our democracy and other important cultural institutions, such as the media, religion, or the military.The Program
12:30 - Introductions
12:45 - Session 1: Capital Ideas: Reducing the influence of money in our democracy
2:00 - Break
2:15 - Session 2: Righting Voting Wrongs: Making our republic more democratic
3:30 - Break
3:45 - Session 3: Bending the Arc of History: Toward equality and democracy