A conference is held every two years. The next one will be held in 2015.

2013 Workshop and Public Lecture

Workshops were conducted with Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Students, faculty, and community members discussed the state of American democracy and strategies for civic renewal.

Peter Levine gave a public lecture:  "We are the Ones We've Been Waiting For: Civic Renewal in America"

2011 Conference and Public Lecture

Media and Politics: Openness, Accuracy, and Honesty in the 21st Century Media Landscape, included observations by Elon University faculty, as well as distinguished professors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Duke University, on how media portray complex information in ways the public can understand it.

Panelists were Donald Shaw, the Kenan Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC Chapel Hill; Sarah Cohen, the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Public Policy at Duke University; Barbara Miller, an assistant professor of communications at Elon; and Dave Gammon, an assistant professor of biology at Elon.

Frank Sesno, a professor of media and public affairs and international affairs, and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, served as the conference keynote.


Doug McAdam: 'Deeply Divided America: Racial Politics and Social Movements in the Post-War Era' - Oct. 27

A Stanford sociologist will discuss his important new book on American politics and society.

Reflections on History with Congressman Howard Coble - Oct. 29

Retiring North Carolina Rep. Howard Coble will share his insights from a long career in the halls of power.

What Does the 2014 Election Mean for the Future? - Nov. 6

Join Elon political scientists two days after the election to discuss the policy implications of a new United States Congress.

Faces of Homelessness panel conversation - Nov. 19