The Future of American Democracy

The Future of American Democracy


Thu, Oct 13, 2022    
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Event Type

The Future of American Democracy

Thu, October 13, 2022

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Where Americans once saw neighbors, they now see enemies. How do we sustain government of and by an ever-more divided people?

About this event

In a moment defined by cascading crises, many across the nation and world are wondering aloud about the future of American democracy. In the months ahead Princeton Theological Seminary will confront this uncertainty head-on, convening a series of timely conversations with leaders poised to shape that future.

Increasingly, Republicans and Democrats alike see members of the other party as not just wrong on key issues, but–according to the Pew Research Center–as immoral, dishonest, closed-minded, and a threat to the nation’s well-being. The reverberations of extreme polarization are felt far from the realm of formal politics, in schools and churches and local communities where some seem ready to give up entirely on the age-old art of persuasion. How did we become so divided? And where do we go from here?

On October 13th, 2022, Dr. Heath W. Carter will ask these questions and more, moderating a conversation with three eminent young leaders whose professional lives have been shaped in various ways by the sharp edges of our polarized society:

Jane Coaston, Columnist for The New York Times and host of The Argument.

Congressman Peter Meijer, Republican Congressman representing Michigan’s 3rd District since 2021

Symone Sanders-Townsend, former Chief Spokesperson for United States Vice President Kamala Harris, author, Democratic strategist, and Host of “SYMONE” on MSNBC

Complete bios on all panelists are available here

Join us in-person at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Wright Library or virtually via the Livestream (link provided 24 hours prior to event). Information about COVID protocols, parking, and security measures are all provided here.

Questions about the event? Contact [email protected].