Fall Conference:
Democracy 20/20

Free online sessions available now.

Fall Conference: Democracy 20/20

Join us online at our 47th annual Fall Conference as we take a clear-eyed look at the theory and practice of democracy. We’ll pay special attention to the current state of civic engagement in the United States. How can we work to bring people together when we are so divided?

Weekly free digital programs began on August 19.

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Most Recent Conference Session

Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger discusses his role in a French documentary film, Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy, and describes the origin of some of his recent editorial cartoons. He also reviews how cartooning has changed over his career, and covers the challenges and opportunities of creating editorial cartoons during this time in American history.

What’s different this year

Normally we gather at UVM in November for our annual conference. But this year we need to do things a little differently.

Starting on August 19, we’re releasing a new piece of our conference every Wednesday night through the middle of November. These lectures and discussions will center around the theme of Democracy. You’ll hear about democracy in Abenaki communities, the women’s suffrage movement, political cartoons, how democracy is embodied in civic architecture (like the State House), the importance of a free press, and many other topics.


Democracy is a We cartoon

Conference image from This Is What Democracy Looks Like: A Graphic Guide to Governance by The Center for Cartoon Studies, drawings by Dan Nott ’18, Kevin Czap. Read the comic online at cartoonstudies.org/democracy.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

The Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) is under grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.