Fall Conference:
Democracy 20/20

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Fall Conference: Democracy 20/20

At our 47th annual Fall Conference we took a clear-eyed look at the theory and practice of democracy. We paid 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?

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How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present.

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Our Fall Conference Democracy 20/20 was sponsored by the Vermont Country Store.

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.