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StraightTalk 2023 | Session III: Defending and Reforming Democracy in America

September 12, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

$10 – $35
Collage of voters, U.S. capitol, little girl waving American flags, police in riot gear, and stop the steal sign.

We have daunting challenges to overcome as we seek to strengthen our democracy and we have no guarantee that our democracy will survive. What does democracy mean to Americans, and what can be done to create a better, fuller democracy that works for everyone?

Join us for the last of three engaging and enlightening sessions where we examine trends that brought us to this point, the unvarnished truth of the threat to our democracy that occurred on January 6, 2021, what states are currently doing to make elections freer and fairer—or less so—and how we can move toward a healthier, more successful democracy.

Session III Speakers:

Nicholas Davis, Ph.D., is assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama and co-author of Democracy’s Meanings.

Danielle Vinson, Ph.D., (moderator) is professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University.

Jonae Wartel is a partner at Arc Initiatives, a public affairs and communications firm, and she previously served as the 2020-21 Georgia Senate runoff director

Austin Weatherford ’04 is executive director of America250, a nonpartisan initiative working to engage every American in commemorating the 250th anniversary of our country. He served as chief of staff to Rep. Adam Kinzinger for a decade.

More Details & Register:

Learn more about the speakers and schedule here.

Community and OLLI members must register and purchase series or session tickets. Register now by clicking here.

Furman students, faculty, and staff may attend for free.


September 12, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
$10 – $35
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McAlister Auditorium, Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, South Carolina 29613
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