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Democracy & Debate 2021-22

A university-wide educational initiative, Democracy & Debate encourages students, faculty, staff, and the Michigan community to explore the exchange of ideas and free speech, the responsibilities of members of a democratic society, structural inequalities in our democratic systems, the power of the voice of the individual voter, and democracy from a local to a global perspective.

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It feels essential that we as an institution sustain our focus on what it means to be a member of a democratic society, in the U.S. and globally. We are committed to open, informed dialogue about key issues, from free speech to voting access to structural inequalities, as part of our mission to contribute to the common good and create more sustainable and just societies.
- Anne Curzan, Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts