UVA Democracy Biennial / Schedule & Registration

Schedule & Registration

Everything you need to know about the Biennial and links to register for each event

The 2021 UVA Democracy Biennial consists of three free events to be held at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Register now to secure your link to attend each event online. Then in August, we will contact all registered attendees with instructions on how to claim free tickets for in-person seats at John Paul Jones Arena.

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Friday, September 24

silhouettes against stock exchange

3:00–4:30 PM

Roundtable: “Democracy and capitalism”

An interactive, dynamic discussion exploring themes such as inequality, mobility and opportunity, urban revitalization, the future of work, globalization, and American democracy.

  • Tom Baltimore, chairman and CEO, Park Hotels and Resorts
  • Gerald Chertavian, CEO, Year Up
  • Deborah Feinen, mayor, Champaign, Illinois
  • R. Edward Freeman, University Professor and Olsson Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
  • Robert Hugin, former CEO and chairman, Celgene
  • Carolyn Miles, former president and CEO, Save the Children
  • Tom Perez, former secretary of labor (President Obama)
  • Denver Riggleman, former U.S. congressman (R-VA)
  • Rodney Slater, former secretary of transportation (President Clinton) 
  • Nancy Twine, founder and CEO, Briogeo Hair Care
  • Robert F. Bruner, faculty senior fellow, Miller Center; dean emeritus, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (moderator)



Saturday, September 25

close up of feet walking

1:00–2:45 PM

Mobility, equity, and the pursuit of the American dream

How far have we come and how far do we have to go for everyone to have a real shot at the American dream? Join high-level speakers from different sectors and perspectives for a series of conversations around the problems of inequity.

  • Robert Doar, president and Morgridge scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Rashad Robinson, president, Color of Change
  • David Rubenstein, cofounder and co-chairman, The Carlyle Group
  • Margaret Spellings, president & CEO, Texas 2036; George W. Bush secretary of education
  • Melody Barnes, director, UVA's Karsh Institute of Democracy; co-director, UVA Democracy Initiative; J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center (moderator)



voting line

3:15–4:30 PM

Reform? Reform! A town hall on the future of American democracy

A critical look at the American system of governance: Is the Electoral College democratic? Is the American presidency too powerful? How can we restore faith in American norms and institutions? 

  • Angela Glover Blackwell, founder in residence at PolicyLink
  • Julián Castro, former Obama secretary of housing and urban development 
  • Larry Diamond, Hoover Institution and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University
  • John Dickerson, CBS News (moderator)