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Does Democracy Work?

Or are we setting ourselves up for failure? The 2018–19 Jepson Leadership Forum hosts politicians, political advisors, and experts on poverty, elections, and technology for a case study of American democracy. We’ll explore the good, bad, and ugly of U.S. politics and government as we ask the question “Does democracy actually work?”

Events are free and open to the public. Registration is required and opens three weeks prior to each event.

2018–19 Jepson Leadership Forum Events

Levar Stoney

POSTPONED: The Reality of Voter Disenfranchisement

Levar Stoney
Mayor of the City of Richmond

From Mayor Stoney:

"Preparing the City of Richmond for the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence will unfortunately prevent me from participating in Wednesday evening's Jepson School of Leadership Studies forum. I regret the need to postpone this important conversation and look forward to returning to campus in the near future to deliver my lecture. 

"In the meantime, I ask everyone potentially impacted by the coming storm to take the necessary precautions and make the necessary arrangements to keep themselves and their families safe and secure."

Peter Edelman

Oct. 25 • 4:30 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
How Democracy Is Failing America's Poor
Peter Edelman
Professor of Constitutional Law and Poverty Law at Georgetown University Law Center

Photo credit: Georgetown Law

Blanche Wiesen-Cook

Dec. 4 • 4:30 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Toward an Inclusive Democracy: Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Part of the James MacGregor Burns Lectureship in Leadership Studies and Biography, made possible by Bank of America

Zeynep Tufekci

Jan. 22 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Democracy in the Age of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
Zeynep Tufekci
Contributing Opinion Writer to The New York Times and UNC-Chapel Hill Associate Professor

Larry Bartels

March 5 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Democracy for Realists
Larry Bartels
May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University

Melody Barnes

April 10 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
Can We Make Our Democracy Work?
Melody Barnes
Former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Principal and Co-Founder of MB2 Solutions LLC, a domestic policy strategy and impact development firm

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Shannon BestAssociate Director, External Relations and Special Events
(804) 287-6522