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What universities owe democracy

A conversation with Ron Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University

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Democracy is under attack both at home and abroad. Colleges and universities play a unique role in strengthening democracy, yet their value is often overlooked. On March 31, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a virtual fireside chat with Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck and Ron Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University and author of “What Universities Owe Democracy,” for a discussion on the relationship between liberal democracy and universities, the importance of civic education in democracy, how universities can create a shared sense of truth for the citizenry, and what more universities can do to promote social mobility and free speech on campuses.

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov by using #StrengtheningDemocracy.

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