At the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, we know that understanding the governing challenges of the past can help unlock policy solutions for the future. In fact, each challenge is an opportunity for further exploration and learning.
From May 21–23, 2019, the Miller Center and UVA's new Democracy Initiative brought these lessons to life by convening political insiders, top scholars, and students—our future leaders and influencers—for the Presidential Ideas Festival: Democracy in Dialogue. The three-day event on UVA's historic Central Grounds featured working sessions about specific aspects of the presidency.
These sessions served as presidential laboratories through which participants with different points of view investigated the issues and grappled with solutions. It was a unique process that encouraged a real-world approach to problem-solving.
As a university whose cornerstone was laid by three presidents, the University of Virginia is uniquely positioned to facilitate these presidential laboratories—to create a space where understanding past challenges can drive the creation of solutions for the future.