Democracy is under threat. Anti-democratic movements, leaders, and policies are on the march around the globe. In response, The Graduate Center is dedicating two years of programming and scholarship to explore the present state and future of democracy — at home and abroad.

Our vision is to inspire research, engage the public through thought-provoking events, establish collaborative networks, and, ultimately, to explore possible solutions to the current crisis of democracy.

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With the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Graduate Center is able to present high-caliber programming on the promise and perils of democracy. Notable voices will form the centerpiece of a bold initiative that encourages dialogue and new ideas about one of the most pressing issues of our day — the future of democracy.

We invite you to explore this website, which features upcoming and past events as well as important writing and scholarship about democracy.


  • Spring 2019 – What is Democracy?
  • Fall 2019 – What are the Current Threats to Democracy?
  • Spring 2020 – Visions of Democracy
  • Fall 2020 – Change
  • Final phase of project is being planned

Planning Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Donald Robotham, Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Advanced Research Collaborative
  • Karen Sander, Director of Public Programs

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Website Content Editor: Patrizia Nobbe