15 FEBRUARY 2019 / “Bridging America’s Civil-Military Divide” with the SNF Agora Institute

On Thursday, March 7th, the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies and the Strategic Studies Department at Johns Hopkins University will present “Bridging America’s Civil-Military Divide,” in collaboration with the University’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute.

The event, premised on the disconnect between eighteen years spent at war and historically low rates of military service, includes panel discussions, a photography exhibit, and a theater performance followed by a town hall-style discussion. The panel discussion will include Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies faculty and students who have served in the military reflecting on their experiences. The play, a performance of Sophocles’ Ajax, will be presented by Theater of War Productions, an SNF grantee. Theater of War uses ancient Greek plays like this one, set during the Trojan War, as starting points for discussion about contemporary events.

The event, which will take place from 2:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies in Washington, D.C., is open to the public. 

Drawing inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens, which was a hub of conversation and debate and the center of the city-state’s democratic governance, SNF committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to create the SNF Agora Institute. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from fields such as political science, psychology, and philosophy to promote open and inclusive discourse, and collaborates with a range of partners at Hopkins and beyond in events like this one.