On Unity: On One Year of Unity

Jon Meacham

From Jon Meacham

"One of the things we try to do here at Vanderbilt with this project is to look at unity … as a habit of heart and mind that enables us to negotiate the inherent differences, to live in tension with those differences, and not have a political culture in which the will to power becomes the central organizing principle."

- Unity Project co-chair and historian Jon Meacham

Friends and fellow citizens,

A year ago, we launched the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy to bridge the divide plaguing our country. As we celebrate our first anniversary, I hope you will help us chart a path toward a more perfect union with a gift to the Project.

In the past 12 months, we have convened conversations with leaders and experts from across the political spectrum who are committed to the truth and our democracy. Programs have included former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Al Gore, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry and others. We've also published in-depth articles from numerous Vanderbilt faculty and partners on the importance of bipartisanship, polarization, racial justice, religion, misinformation and much more.

Your gift to the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy will allow us to continue this impactful programming and to bolster faith in our democratic institutions through research and discussions grounded in facts and evidence.

Thanks in advance for your kind consideration.


Gray Sasser

Executive Director 
The Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy

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