Upcoming Events

What: THE QUALITY OF U.S. DEGREES: Innovations, Efficiencies, and Disruptions—To What Ends?
When: January 23-26, 2013
Where: Atlanta, Georgia

What: Ashoka U Exchange 2013 (social entrepreneurship)
When: February 21-23, 2013
Where: San Diego, CA

What: The 21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems
AASCU’s American Democracy Project and the Democracy Commitment national meeting
When: June 6-8, 2013
Where: Denver, Colorado

Short Takes

Read the conference report from No Better Time (2009), read session summaries, and link to a broad range of resources here.

Civility: It's all the rage - March 6, 2011

Educational Achievement Gap - April 29, 2010

Get Involved

TDI is compiling a repository of election 2012 curricula – syllabi, readings, resources, etc. Please contact Nancy Thomas if you want to help or contribute.

CIRCLE has launched a new study of student voting rates. Be part of this innovative research and learn the aggregate voting rate of your student body. It’s easy and, for 2012, free.

The U.S. Dept. of Ed. requests comments and suggestions how to implement the action strategies outlined in their civic learning Call to Action. Submit ideas about doing democracy on campus to civiclearning@ed.gov.

TDI’s Special Higher Education Issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation is on-line and open source. You’ll find an updated version of TDI’s framing paper, as well as papers on communication, philosophy, political science and more. For more on TDI’s catalyst papers, click here

Contribute to the Syllabi Repository
TDI is embarking on an ambitious project to develop a deliberative democracy syllabi repository. Learn how you can contribute! More »

Host an NIF forum on Shaping Our Future and you’ll be part of a national dialogue on the role of higher education, sponsored partly by the American Commonwealth Partnership.


The Democracy Imperative is a national network of academics and civic leaders in democratic dialogue, deliberation, and renewal. Our mission is to strengthen public life and democracy in and through higher education.