04 NOVEMBER 2019 / SNF Agora and The Atlantic Present “Civics and the Future of Democracy”

It’s easy for most Americans to get on board with the idea that civics education is good for democracy.

But what, exactly, do we mean by “civics education”? To triangulate widely varying perspectives on the matter, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute and The Atlantic are bringing together a broad diversity of viewpoints at an event in Washington, D.C. on November 6, 2019.

Speakers at “Civics and the Future of Democracy” include college and university presidents, journalists, nonprofit directors, a high school social studies teacher, and a recent high school graduate. The event will take place at the Newseum from 8 to 11:45 a.m. and is free and open to the public with advance registration.

The Ideas Editor and a staff writer for The Atlantic, a magazine first published in the United States in 1857, will take part.

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 Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute in 2018. The SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from political science, psychology, philosophy, and beyond to foster open and inclusive discourse.