Former White House Political Advisor, New York Times Contributor, and Election Expert Slated for UR Spring Leadership Speaker Series

January 8, 2019

The Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond continues its 2018-19 speaker series, “Does Democracy Work?,” this spring. The series welcomes experts to campus to discuss the current state of American democracy.

Audience members will have opportunities to interact with speakers during book signings and receptions. Programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required and opens three weeks prior to each event.

Programs include:

Democracy in the Age of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center for the Arts

Zeynep Tufekci, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, writes about the social impacts of technology. She has been published widely on the interaction of new technologies with society, politics, and culture and is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.

Democracy for Realists
March 5, 7 p.m., Jepson Alumni Center

Larry Bartels is the May Werthan Shayne Chair of Public Policy and Social Science at Vanderbilt University. His scholarship and teaching focus on public opinion, electoral politics, public policy, and political representation. He is the author of Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age and Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government.

Can We Make Our Democracy Work?
April 10, 7 p.m., Jepson Alumni Center

Melody Barnes served as assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 until 2012. She is co-founder and principal of MB2 Solutions, a domestic policy strategy and impact development firm. She is also a senior fellow and Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

To register or for more information, visit or call 804-287-6522.  

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Media planning to cover the Jepson Forum Series should RSVP to Lindsey Campbell at at least two days prior to the event.