Vanderbilt University Chancellor Daniel Diermeier presents the debut of The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy

A conversation series featuring Al Gore, followed by Condoleezza Rice, and led by Jon Meacham, streamed Thurs., Jan 14, 2021.

Al Gore, the 45th vice president of the United States, and Vanderbilt’s own Jon Meacham set the tone for The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy by focusing on the importance of evidence and reason in political discourse, a theme from Gore’s 2007 book The Assault on Reason (2nd edition, 2017). The conversation with Vice President Gore will provide the framework for the project’s approach to advancing unity through evidence-based analysis and relevant historical studies.

Meacham will then examine the project’s first case study of evidence-based policymaking in a conversation with Condoleezza Rice, the 66th Secretary of State. They will discuss her experience marshaling the facts necessary to secure bipartisan support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief(PEPFAR), which has received over $85 billion to date in unified U.S. government support, the largest commitment by any nation to address a single disease in history.

Al Gore and Condoleezza Rice’s virtual return to Vanderbilt is in partnership with the Chancellor Lecture Series (CLS). View more CLS events and information.