Reflections on Illiberalism

In September 2022, we invited Marlene Laruelle, director and research professor at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affair, to join us. We asked, what have been the key characteristics and driving factors of illiberal movements? To what extent do they share common ideologies and tactics with movements threatening democracy in the United States?

Race and Political Trust in the United States

In May 2022, we invited Shayla C. Nunnally, professor and head of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Tennessee, to join us. We asked, what challenges related to social and political mistrust might we expect when attempting to engage a diverse citizenry in collective action and public deliberation?

Four Decades of Democratic Learning: David Mathews and the Kettering Foundation

On Tuesday, September 27, the Kettering Foundation board of directors, staff, colleagues, friends, and family joined on our Dayton campus to honor David Mathews and his four decades of service to the Kettering Foundation. Mathews was president and CEO from 1981 to 2022.

Levine Receives Established Leader Award

Peter Levine was awarded the Established Leader Award by the Civic Engagement section of APSA.

Middle Schoolers as Deliberative Civic Actors

Deliberation in the classroom.

Young Children as Classroom Citizens

Deliberative democratic practices in the classroom community.

Ongoing Threats to Democracy

Early August brought bipartisan evidence that our major political parties are willing to erode democracy if it meets their goals. Both Democrats and Republicans are playing with fire.

Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The Supreme Court’s action in overturning abortion rights will erode trust and fracture American democracy.

WATCH: #DemocracyIs

Why are you committed to the work of democracy?

Historic Decisions: Looking Deliberatively at the Past

By Kettering program officer Joni Doherty.