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For Democracy to Thrive

The Karsh Institute brings together and builds upon the work of several UVA entities dedicated to the study and strengthening of democracy

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White House Taps Barnes for Dignity.us

Dignity.us is a bipartisan citizens’ initiative to address hate-fueled violence in America.  Learn More

 

 

 

 

White House Taps Barnes for Dignity.us

Dignity.us is a bipartisan citizens’ initiative to address hate-fueled violence in America.  Learn More

Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Inaugural Executive Director

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Elections 2021

Democracy, Voter Confidence, and Electoral Integrity in Virginia

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  • Aerial view of Rotunda at UVA

    For Democracy to Thrive

    The Karsh Institute brings together and builds upon the work of several UVA entities dedicated to the study and strengthening of democracy

    Learn More

  • Hand shake

    White House Taps Barnes for Dignity.us

    Dignity.us is a bipartisan citizens’ initiative to address hate-fueled violence in America.  Learn More

     

     

     

     

  • Melody Barnes

    Melody Barnes

    Inaugural Executive Director

    LEARN MORE

  • Elections 2021

    Democracy, Voter Confidence, and Electoral Integrity in Virginia

    Learn More

September 20, 2022

Karsh Institute Executive Director Melody Barnes spoke with the Associated Press about threats to American democracy. “[U]nless and until enough people fight for, protect and build our democracy, the fever we see today will continue,” said Barnes.

June 15, 2022

The gifts will establish a $15 million endowment to support the Karsh Institute of Democracy and a $2.6 million fund to provide additional funding for the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History

April 14, 2022

Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock will join U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, UVA law professor Danielle Citron and media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan for “Social Media vs.

Message Over Platform: Weighing Social Media and Democracy

Former U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock will join U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, UVA law professor Danielle Citron and media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan for “Social Media vs. Democracy,” a Democracy Dialogues series event produced by UVA’s Karsh Institute of Democracy and co-sponsored by UVA’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. The hourlong session is set to explore the evolving impact of social media on politics and in other areas of life.

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“This Institute will highlight the critical role of higher education in strengthening democracy and UVA’s aspiration and intention to lead nationally on this front.

The success of our American democracy depends upon the actions we take to build a strong and thriving culture of participation and active citizenship”

-Jim Ryan, President, University of Virginia