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Jepson Colloquium: "How Can We Make Our Democracy Work?"

The Jepson Colloquium is an interdisciplinary, scholarly gathering focused on exploring an important topic related to leadership or leadership studies. This year's colloquium relates to the title theme of the 2018-19 Jepson Leadership Forum, "Does Democracy Work?," and broadly focuses on community wealth building as a paradigm to effect democratic change. 

Small by design, the colloquium is limited to invited scholars, and papers are generally collected for an edited volume. The Jepson Colloquium has enhanced the School's reputation as the intellectual home for a broad-based, liberal arts approach to leadership studies.

Colloquium Schedule


Lawrie Balfour
Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics
University of Virginia

Melody Barnes
Professor of Practice in Public Affairs and Co-Director of the Democracy Initiative
University of Virginia
Co-Founder and Principal, MB² Solutions LLC 
Risha Berry
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Virginia Commonwealth University

Richard Dagger
E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts
Chair, Department of Political Science
Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)
University of Richmond

Julian Hayter
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
University of Richmond

Margaret Kohn
Professor of Political Science
University of Toronto

Jason Maloy
Professor and Kaliste Saloom Endowed Chair in Political Science
University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Ravi Perry
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

Ken Ruscio
Senior Distinguished Lecturer in Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
Former President, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
Former President, Washington and Lee University

Isabel V. Sawhill
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
The Brookings Institute

Corey Walker
Visiting Professor
University of Richmond

Thad Williamson
Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL)
University of Richmond 

Barbara Brown Wilson
Assistant Professor, Urban & Environmental Planning, School of Architecture
University of Virginia

Nicholas Winter
Associate Professor, Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics
University of Virginia

Information for Participants

Director: Thad Williamson
Event Manager: Shannon Best

About the Jepson Colloquium

Past themes for the Jepson Colloquium have included evolutionary models of leadership across human societies, ability and enhancement, conflict resolution, cultural leadership, leadership and the collective good, Lincoln's legacy of leadership, executive power, global justice, presidential leadership, and more.