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AVI Annual Newsletter

In our hyperpartisan era, many Americans are only willing to talk politics with people who share their beliefs. Read our inaugural newsletter to learn about how the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions challenges students to consider ideologies different from their own. In addition to describing highlights of the past academic year, the newsletter […]

Citizen Activism Panel – April 17, 2018

We were proud to collaborate with the Center for Political, Leadership, Innovation and Service to host a panel discussion on citizen activism. All three panelists—Durham Mayor Pro Tempore Jillian Johnson, chair of the NC Libertarian Party Susan Hogarth, and former organizer with NC for Trump Mitch Myers—have years of experience with grassroots organizing.  Moreover, they […]

Living Learning Community Accepting New Members

We are proud to sponsor the  Visions of Freedom Living Learning Community,  a group of Duke students with a passion for politics, philosophy, and economics who have decided to create a “space for not-too-serious intellectual conversations outside of the classroom and traditional extracurricular settings.”  Students live in Edens 1A.  In addition to a house course, […]

The Ridiculous and the Ridiculed: Humor and Politics Workshop – February 6, 2018

The Humor & Politics Working Group held its first meeting of the spring semester on February 16. The workshop’s theme was “The Ridiculous and the Ridiculed.” Participants watched selections from South Park, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, and Tomi Lahren, and completed a few short readings from Thomas Paine and Mary Wollstonecraft in advance of the […]

John Zumbrunnen: Political Theory Workshop – September 14, 2017

Join us at 4:00 on September 14 for the first Political Theory Workshop of the 2017-2018 school-year. John Zumbrunnen will be giving a talk titled: “‘Balanc’d Between Principle and Inclination:’ Benjamin Franklin and David Hume.” In addition to being a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Zumbrunnen is also the director […]