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Threats to American Democracy (and What we Can Do About Them) at SNF Agora

Sep 25, 2020
In the lead-up to a U.S. election like none before it, SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University is parsing the most dire threats to the American democratic process, helping us understand how we got here, and pointing the way to actions we can take for the health of our democracy.

On September 25, the SNF Agora Conversations: Election 2020 series launches with Four Threats to American Democracy, which examines the perfect storm of democratic disruption facing the electorate this year. Every Friday from now until election day, the series will cover manipulation of facts, why populists often win a second term and whether this election will be different, how to secure elections, young people and the 2020 vote, and life in a polarized post-election world.

A primer on how to watch the debates, rollout of a new SNF Agora tool to assess social studies curricula, and a conference on cultivating youth activism co-led by a Hopkins sophomore round out the pre-election schedule of events.

These online events are free and open to the public with advance registration.

Created in 2018 through a $150 million grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from political science, psychology, philosophy, and other disciplines to foster open and inclusive discourse.