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A podcast exploring themes related to civic engagement in order to build a more inclusive, just, and equitable democracy.

James Madison Center for Civic Engagement: Democracy Matters James Madison Center for Civic Engagement

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A podcast exploring themes related to civic engagement in order to build a more inclusive, just, and equitable democracy.

    Episode 110: The tensions between expertise and democracy: An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Episode 110: The tensions between expertise and democracy: An interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    In this episode we talk with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the tensions between expertise and democratic decision-making during the pandemic and his advice for navigating apathy and misinformation during the next major public health crisis.

    • 32 min
    Episode 109: European democracy at a crossroads: An interview with Minister Counselor Markus Teglas

    Episode 109: European democracy at a crossroads: An interview with Minister Counselor Markus Teglas

    Germany has a history of being at the center of global debates about democracy. As Europe again finds itself dealing with democracy in crisis, this time with Russia's war against Ukraine, Minister Counselor Markus Teglas asks us to consider Europe again at a crossroads and what Russia's aggression against Ukraine and the rise of right wing populist movements across the continent means for global democracy.

    • 25 min
    Episode 108: Solutions to the campus free speech woes: An interview with ALL IN Democracy Challenge's Stephanie King and JMU Debate

    Episode 108: Solutions to the campus free speech woes: An interview with ALL IN Democracy Challenge's Stephanie King and JMU Debate

    It feels like free speech has become the number one issue confronting higher education today. Campuses are now hotbeds of discontent. Students are sitting in, protesting questionable speakers on campus. State elected officials are dismantling diversity, equity and inclusion programming. So what is being done to address the campus free speech woes? Stephanie King, senior director of strategic initiatives for the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, and Dannise Brown and Adonis Ortiz, members of the Madison Debate Society at James Madison University provide us with some answers to campus free speech issues.

    • 42 min
    Episode 107: Innovations in Teaching Democracy at the Elementary School Level

    Episode 107: Innovations in Teaching Democracy at the Elementary School Level

    March 6-10th is National Civics Education Week and on this episode of Democracy Matters, we're exploring youth civic education. We talk with Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main, research associate in civic education and deliberative pedagogy with the Kettering Foundation, and a school climate consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education about her research into elementary school's integrating deliberative democracy into the classrooms.

    • 43 min
    Episode 106: What Should Centers for Civic Engagement Do For Higher Education? An Interview with David Kirkpatrick and Kara Dillard

    Episode 106: What Should Centers for Civic Engagement Do For Higher Education? An Interview with David Kirkpatrick and Kara Dillard

    In this episode, Madison Center for Civic Engagement Democracy Fellow Leia Surovell interviews the new interim Executive Director, Dr. David Kirkpatrick and the new interim Associate Director Dr. Kara Dillard about their vision for the Madison Center and their views for what campus Centers for Civic Engagement should do for higher education.

    • 27 min
    Episode 105: The Invention of Legal Rights with Dr. Laura Edwards

    Episode 105: The Invention of Legal Rights with Dr. Laura Edwards

    In this episode of Democracy Matters, we speak with Dr. Laura Edwards, who is a legal historian and professor at Princeton University to discuss how she became involved in her research focused on the 19th century United States, her contributions to civic engagement, what a historian's role is in presenting issues, and her constitution lecture here on campus September 22.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

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Tackles the important issues of the day

Explores a range of topics that are always relevant to the political moment. They always do an excellent job engaging their student body alongside qualified scholars, academics, and media professionals.

Justin Kempf
Host of Democracy Paradox

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Don't visit Montpelier.

At Montpelier, the people who run the grounds show a video of race riots after officer involved shootings, some of the shootings were determined to be justified, and yet they completely misrepresent them. They even have a lot of the hands up don't shoot clips, which was proven to be a lie; Even Eric Holder, of all people, said so. Really disgusting anti-American stuff. No nuance, no honest discussion, just in your face distortions of law-enforcement contacts with minorities. Disgusting.

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