On Unity: A New Beginning: Welcome back, students!

Friends and fellow citizens,

Campus was a little brighter this week as we welcomed back students and began a new academic year. A new semester offers a fresh start and lends optimism to the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy’s ongoing work to foster unity and bridge America’s deepest differences. Please make sure to stay tuned for the Unity Project’s upcoming in-person and online events as you populate your calendar with fall semester classes and activities.   

Upcoming events are likely to address a wide range of topical issues, including the midterm elections, recent Supreme Court rulings, and the ways in which institutions encourage, or are at odds with, democracy. Final event dates will be available in the coming weeks. 


Embracing unity is like exercise: a great and noble idea, but difficult and all too easy to forego. The history of American democracy has proven that in extraordinary moments of unity, Americans can accomplish extraordinary things. 

We hope you will join us again this semester as we work together to accomplish extraordinary things.  



John G. Geer 

Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science 

Professor of Political Science 

Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Poll 

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy   


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