Johns Hopkins University will use a $150 million gift to create an institute geared toward improving civic discourse and engagement, an effort that comes at a time of increased political tensions and polarization.
The Agora Institute, a joint conception between Johns Hopkins and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, harnesses cutting-edge research to identify, design, and test new mechanisms for strengthening civic engagement and inclusive dialogue worldwide.
Housed in the University’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the SNF Agora Institute at JHU serves as a forum for bringing together experts from a range of fields—including political science, sociology, history, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and ethics—to examine the dynamics of civic strife and design and test means for improving open dialogue, civic engagement, and democratic governance.
The Institute draws its namesake from the ancient Athenian agora, a central space in the city that was a place of open conversation and debate for all citizens.
The SNF Agora Institute at JHU consists of three parts:
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The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed $150 million to a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University to forge new ways to address the deterioration of civic engagement worldwide and facilitate the restoration of open and inclusive discourse that is the cornerstone of healthy democracies. Continue reading the article on the Hub.
We are delighted to announce that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed $150 million to establish a joint effort with Johns Hopkins University dedicated to addressing the deterioration of civic engagement worldwide and facilitating the restoration of open and inclusive discourse that is the cornerstone of healthy democracies.