Keeping the Republic Conference

Ktr Conference Panel
Panel discussion during the Keeping the Republic Conference at the Univerisity of Notre Dame 2023

May 8, 2024

The Notre Dame Keeping the Republic Conference brings together a group of both prominent senior researchers and early-career scholars dedicated to a broad revitalization of American democracy—not just in the sense of self-government—but rather as a societal commitment to the equal dignity and inclusion of each person and social institutions that encourage broad and open participation. This conference creates an interdisciplinary community of scholars devoted to studying and advancing the democratization of American culture and institutions across political, legal, civic, commercial, social, religious, and educational life. Its creative format blends traditional conference elements, such as paper presentations and panel discussions, but also unconventional ways to inspire future research with data and idea blitzes.



Draft Conference Program Here

Lightning Talks

Presenters have 5 minutes to share brief presentations intended to spark new avenues for research. Lightning talks present creative ideas, new research agendas, key findings from one field that might be of interest to scholars in different fields, or original data related to democracy in the U.S.

Featured Speakers

There will be three key speakers for the conference:

  • Lilliana Mason
  • Shanto Iyengar
  • Aaron Kay

Poster Session

Posters will be presented in the main hall throughout the conference.

The Rooney Center would like to thank the following co-sponsors:
Notre Dame Democracy Initiative