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

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Focus on Local Media

Media pioneer Evan Smith joins the Karsh Institute as the first Distinguished Fellow in Journalism

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Focus on Local Media

Media pioneer Evan Smith joins the Karsh Institute as the first Distinguished Fellow in Journalism

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Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes

Inaugural Executive Director

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Research on Voter Confidence

Despite positive Election Day experiences, national narratives play a significant role in shaping voters’ attitudes

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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

  • Focus on Local Media

    Media pioneer Evan Smith joins the Karsh Institute as the first Distinguished Fellow in Journalism

    Learn More

     

     

     

     

  • Melody Barnes

    Melody Barnes

    Inaugural Executive Director

    LEARN MORE

  • Research on Voter Confidence

    Despite positive Election Day experiences, national narratives play a significant role in shaping voters’ attitudes

    Learn More

January 20, 2023

Smith will serve one year as the institute’s first Distinguished Fellow in Journalism, curating and participating in programs to highlight challenges facing local media and solutions to connecting Americans with informative, independent journalism.

November 28, 2022

With help from College Republicans and University Democrats, the Karsh Institute hosted UVA's first “Talking Across Difference Student Dinner” as a bridge-building opportunity for the two student groups.

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.

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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