Around the world, individuals of all ages and perspectives are questioning democracy both in principle and in practice. Democratic systems face unprecedented challenges that make it imperative that we take a fresh look—reflecting on principles and history, comparing aspirations and reality, investigating why democracy is falling out of favor, and asking what must be done if democracy is to work for everyone.
This critical exploration begins with the inaugural UVA Democracy Biennial: Crises, Opportunities, Freedoms, an innovative one-and-a-half day, in-person, free-of-charge event featuring three distinct, high-level conversations at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. In an environment conducive to audience participation, for both in-person and virtual audiences, the event also will be fully flexible in order to adapt to any COVID-19 restrictions that may still be necessary.
The Biennial begins on Friday afternoon, September 24, at 3:00 p.m. ET, with a look at democracy and capitalism. The following day, Saturday September 25, consists of sessions on mobility, equity, and civic engagement and the future of American democracy, beginning at 1:00 p.m.