Keeping the Republic Conference

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

**Our next conference is set for May 8th, 2024.  Watch for more details soon!

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May 8, 2023

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.



Full Conference Program Here

Data & Idea Blitzes

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

Discussion Panels

Participants have open discussions around three key themes for the conference:

  • Big Data and Democracy
  • Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box
  • Political Psychology and the Erosion of Democracy

Paper Panels

Presenters have 15 minutes to share and discuss an original paper in a traditional panel format.

The Rooney Center would like to thank the following co-sponsors:
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
Henkels Lecture Fund
Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society
Knight Foundation