Summit on Democracy & Polarization

Summit on Democracy & Polarization

Start Date: October 9, 2023 End Date: October 10, 2023
Start Time: 6:00 pm End Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 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.


Confirmed speakers include:

Tim Killeen, President, University of Illinois System

Nan Whaley, Former Mayor of Dayton, now US Conference of Mayors

Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-NJ) and Professor, Princeton University

Suzanne McBride, Editor at Chicago Sun Times, Professor & Dean of Graduate Studies, Columbia College Chicago

Sean Theriault, UT Austin

Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Northwestern University

Nathan Kalmoe, UW Madison

More speakers being confirmed!


Registration is opening in a few weeks! For more information, contact Alyssa Cooper, IGPA Senior Coordinator at acoope7@illinois.edu.




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