Democracy in America: Is Everyone In?

Renew Democracy Initiative & Roosevelt House

Present the Conference:

Democracy in America: Is Everyone In?

“Democracy in America: Is Everyone In?” is a conference that seeks to shine a light on the current state of American democracy through lectures and panel discussions focusing on the nation’s most enduring principles and most pressing challenges. The conference features some of today’s leading thinkers, advocates, and policymakers – including RDI Chairman and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov; former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp; Washington Post columnist Max Boot; the CEO of Generation Citizen, Scott Warren; Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College Margaret Chin; Benjamin Hett, Professor of History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York; and Alan Miller, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the CEO of the News Literacy Project.

The conference aims to tackle the political polarization and extremism that have come to define this moment in American life – in which democratic values are often put aside in favor of partisan interests. While an increasingly entrenched electorate casts ballots only for “its side,” the decline in civics education is such that a third of millennials believe democracy is inessential and two-thirds of all Americans can’t name the three branches of government, according to a recent study. These trends, RDI contends,  present both a risk to the future of our democracy and an urgent need to revitalize the constitutional principles on which this country became the world’s leading representative republic.

Join us to discuss where we go from here, how we can achieve a rational, humane immigration policy, and how to educate the citizens of tomorrow to become active participants in strengthening and preserving our democracy.


    1:30 – 2:00     Reception

    2:10 – 2:20     Welcome Address

    2:20 – 2:30     RDI Introduction

    2:30 – 3:00     Garry Kasparov on Democratic Principles

    3:00 – 4:00     Humane Immigration Policy panel discussion

    4:00 – 4:15     Break

    4:15 – 5:15     Democracy in the Classroom panel discussion

    5:15 – 5:30     Closing Remarks by Senator Heidi Heitkamp

RDI is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a constituency that understands and prioritizes core Constitutional principles in the US.

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