Realizing the promise of democracy
The Karsh Institute of Democracy studies and invigorates the institutions, practices, and cultural underpinnings that are the foundations of democracy.
A vibrant exploration of democracy from every angle. The free three-day event brought together thought leaders, journalists, policymakers, scholars, activists, artists, and students in Charlottesville, VA, to imagine how we can collectively shape a thriving democratic future. Learn more and watch featured sessions.
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In the News
The heads of Virginia’s colleges and universities, as well as Karsh Institute Executive Director Melody Barnes, gathered as part of a statewide summit to foster free expression.
“I’m naturally one who tries to build consensus,” said Karsh Institute Executive Director Melody Barnes. “In trying to move something forward, I recognize that you have to give up some things to gain some things. Being either an advocate or a negotiator is a false choice.”
Tara K. Miller from the Repair Lab at the Karsh Institute of Democracy writes about the most common human threats to wildlife, and methods to reduce harm.
"[Coal dust] rides in on the trains that pass by daily, settling on our church grounds, our homes, and even the playgrounds where our kids should play without worry," writes Karsh Institute's practitioner-in-residence Lathaniel Kirts in the Virginian-Pilot.