Our Imperfect Union

2018

Our Imperfect Union

The political, social, cultural, and religious divides in today’s America are powerful — and plenty of factors are fanning the flames. Is American democracy actually, as some claim, in danger? Or are the ideas, principles, structures, and processes our founders built strong enough to see us through? We’ll look at American democracy through many lenses, from federal to local, and from our politics and voting patterns to pressure points such as free speech, religious freedom, criminal justice, education, and citizen engagement. Can our social fabric be mended?  Can we revive a shared “American-ness”? What needs to change?

Track Events

'In the Thick' Podcast: Who Gets to be Mad? Race, Gender and the Politics of American Anger (Live Taping)
Is American Democracy in Trouble?
'Intelligence Squared' Debate: Social Media Is Good for Democracy (Live Taping)
It All Comes Down to the Voters
‘The Federalist Radio Hour’ Podcast: The Future of the American Right (Live Taping)
One Year Later: Moving Charlottesville (and America) Forward
After #METOO: The Way Forward for Women in the Media
Our Towns: A Journey into the Heart of America
American Democracy in 2018: What Would the Founders Think?
Restoring the American Dream Through Big Data
Burden (Film & Discussion)
Rural by Choice
Can Americans Resist the Pull of Tribalism?
Social Media Versus American Democracy
Can Religion and Politics Be Separated in the Age of Trump?
Special Briefing: Human Rights on the US-Mexico Border
Census 2020: What’s at Stake, and Why Now is the Time to Care
The Crucible of Leadership: An Interview with Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie
Criminal Justice Reform, Politics, and Forging a Way Forward
The Cultural Revolution We Need: How America Will Turn Itself Around
Deep Dive: Can Americans Come Together by Arguing Better?
The Sentence (Film & Discussion)
Deep Dive: Trust, Media, and American Democracy
The Supreme Court Now: The Most Recent Decisions, the Deciders, and What to Expect Next
Do the Democrats Have What It Takes to Win Big in 2018 — and 2020?
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope In Uncertain Times
Free Radical: One Man's Journey Into and Out of America's Most Violent Hate Movement
Very Fine People: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Talk About Race, White Nationalism and Trump in America
Gun Violence Triage: What Has to Change to Stop the Bleeding?
What Is It Like to Be Inside the American Immigration System Today?
Has Modern American Feminism Failed Us?
Where do "Never Trump" Republicans Go From Here?
How Relevant is Washington (Outside of Washington)?
Who Runs the World? The Surge of Women into American Politics
How to Bring Civility, Respect, and Problem-Solving back to Washington
With Honor: Can Veterans Help Bridge Our Political Divides?
Identity, Belonging, and an Epic American Mystery
Festival 1 and Festival 2