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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

November 7, 2022

Launched in October 2021, the Karsh Institute's One Small Step project has since recorded more than 80 conversations, both virtually and in-person, with participants from around the Charlottesville area.

November 4, 2022

Jered Cooper, a third-year student and government major, won UVA's second annual Oratory Competition sponsored by the Karsh Institute of Democracy and partners across the university.

October 18, 2022

The Karsh Institute’s Memory Project hosted a screening of its documentary film, “Unveiling: The Origins of Charlottesville's Monuments,” which focuses on the construction of Confederate monuments between 1909 and 1924 in Charlottesville.

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