Seven Pillars

The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy aims to advance toward a more perfect union when the urgency of the political moment calls for action. Established with the core premise that the country has become disconnected from evidence and reason, the project seeks to supplant ideology with fact. It will re-introduce evidence, broadly defined, into the national conversation, pointing to solutions beyond reflexive ideological claims that will mix responses from the “left,” “right” and “center.”

The Seven Pillars the project will focus on include:

  • Polarization: Its Past, Present and Future
  • Hours of Hope: Case Studies in American Progress
  • Race in America: Toward a Nation of Equality
  • Under God: The Role of Religion in a Divided Time
  • To Keep the Republic: Strengthening Democratic Principles at Home and Abroad
  • Information Marketplace: Ensuring the Public has the Data
  • Cultural Bridges: Using Artistic Expression to Narrow the Divide

Polarization: Its Past, Present and Future

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Hours of Hope: Case Studies in American Progress

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Race in America: Toward a Nation of Equality

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Under God: The Role of Religion in a Divided Time

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To Keep the Republic: Strengthening Democratic Principles at Home and Abroad

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Information Marketplace: Ensuring the Public has the Data

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Cultural Bridges: Using Artistic Expression to Narrow the Divide

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