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Awakening Our Democracy

Office of University Life Blog

In a University community, finding ways to listen, as well as talk, across differences, including differences related to race and ethnicity, is essential if we are to create a place in which all can have some sense of belonging.

Ideas and Action Blog

The Office of University Life hosted the third installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Jan. 21, with panelists who represent a range of perspectives and viewpoints on the intersection of faith, freedom and politics. You can watch a recording of the event here. Their suggested readings and topical music selections follow.

Ideas and Action Blog

The Office of University Life hosted the second installment of its ongoing conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Nov. 5, with panelists who will discuss the intersections of race, violence, policing and community safety.

Ideas and Action Blog

The Office of University Life presents the first of a new conversation series, AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY, Thurs. Oct. 8, with TED Fellow and social justice comedian Negin Farsad, Columbia Professor of Sociology Van C. Tran, Co-director of the Dream Coalition Cesar Vargas, and moderator Duarte Geraldino of Al Jazeera America. Our panelists represent a range of perspectives and immigrant experience, and viewpoints on immigration policy and reform. Read on to find suggested readings, representing their work or items they suggest relevant to the panel's discussion.

Ideas and Action Blog

Barbara Arnwine is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and president and founder of the Transformative Justice Coalition, a national organization committed to using a multisectoral and interdisciplinary approach to bring about systemic change that achieves racial, gender, economic and social justice and human rights. She also is an advisor to the Awakening Our Democracy series.