Join Us Monday, February 17th!
Led by expert speakers, faculty and students, the Symposium on Democracy is held each year on Presidents Day and examines issues and challenges inherent in sustaining democratic societies and institutions. Founded in the last days of the American Revolutionary War, Washington & Jefferson College has been committed to fostering democracy and responsible citizenship for well over two centuries.
Fragility & Resilience: Democracy in Today’s World
Opening Remarks: Dr. John Knapp
8:45 to 9:00 a.m. – Olin Theater
Morning Keynote: Michael J. Abramowitz, “The Decline of Global Freedom”
9:00 to 10:00 a.m. – Olin Theater
Morning Breakout Sessions
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Howard J. Burnett Center
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote: Nathan Law interviewed by Dr. John Knapp, “Students as Agents of Change: The Movement for Democracy in Hong Kong”
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – James David Ross Family Recreation Center
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Howard J. Burnett Center
Evening Keynote: Serge Schmemann, “Press Freedom Under Attack: A Threat to Democracy”
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
TOM Talks, hosted by the Washington Fellows
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Allen Ballroom, Rossin Campus Center