Democracy & Polarization Summit, OCTOBER 9 & 10, 2023

Event Start Date:

Oct 9


Oct 9 8-9 p.m.

Oct 10 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Event End Date:

Oct 10


Oct 9 8-9 p.m.

Oct 10 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. Springfield, Illinois.



This exciting summit, co-hosted with the University of Illinois Springfield, will bring together scholars, students, observers, and participants in American government to discuss the state of democracy in the present-day United States. Attendees will explore the current state of polarization, including topics such as causes and consequences of polarization; whether the polarization is a top-down or bottom-up phenomenon or both; historical contrasts, and lessons from the past; and how (if) it can be moderated, or, indeed, if the focus on dangers and costs of polarization obscures concomitant benefits.


Speakers for the event and a full agenda can be found at the registration link


Register for the event HERE.  For more information, contact Alyssa Cooper, IGPA Senior Coordinator at

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