On Common Ground: Hidden and Forged

By Nick Felts

Deliberation in Everyday Conversations

How has the pandemic impacted the ability to deliberate in communities?

Jack L. Harper Joins Kettering Foundation as Vice President, Treasurer, and CFO

Jack L. Harper, an executive with over 27 years of public and private experience in tax law and corporate governance, including at Walmart and Discover, has been selected as the new Vice President, Treasurer, and CFO of the Kettering Foundation.

What Matters More, Tribe or Democracy?

In October 2020, we invited Johann N. Neem, a history professor at Western Washington University, to join us. He is the author of Creating a Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National Massachusetts (2008), Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America (2017), and What’s the Point of College? Seeking Purpose in an Age of Reform (2019).

Connections 2020: The Work of Democratic Citizenship

As we began planning the 2020 issue of Connections, it seemed that the world was falling apart. By March, many around the world were sheltering in place and trying to sort through what work—and life—would look like in a new normal that has extended beyond weeks to become months. 

David Holwerk, 1947-2020

The Kettering Foundation is deeply saddened to share that David Holwerk, Kettering’s director of communications, died of a heart attack on November 23, at the age of 73, at his home in New Albany, Indiana.

Dartmouth Conference: Metropolitan Feofan of Kazan, 1947-2020

We have learned that one of the Russian principals in the Dartmouth Conference, Metropolitan Feofan of Kazan, has died. He has been part of the meetings since 2014. 

Webinar | Reimagining Democracy: How Philanthropy Can Support an Opportunity Society

This is the second free, online briefing inspired by a collection of new essays on the future of American democracy commissioned by the Kettering Foundation and the Knight Foundation.

Beyond the Facts: Public Journalism and Deliberative Democracy

In September 2020, we invited S. J. Min, associate professor of communication studies at Pace University, to share his work on the intertwined futures of democracy and journalism. We asked, Beyond informing the citizenry, what can journalism do to facilitate public deliberation and strengthen our civic life? These are Min’s thoughts on that question and reflections on the conversation that followed. 

Democracy and Civic Life: What Is the Long Game for Philanthropy?

A new series of papers from the Kettering Foundation and the Knight Foundation.