Jul. 26, 2021—This five-part audio series explores the question of how fear conquered truth, the history and origins of the strong grip misinformation and disinformation have on our politics, and how we got here today. The way forward isn’t about nostalgia, it’s not about sentimentality, it’s about seeing things whole.
Jul. 15, 2021—When profiling diverse leaders across America—the bridge builders, who do not accept the status quo of bottomless rage toward others—I discovered that these bridge builders are countercultural. They do not accept buzzwords. They do not use labels. They choose nuance over caricature, realizing that when they box people in, they box themselves out of the possibility of meaningful connections that can lead to genuine change.
Jul. 12, 2021—Instead of being a force of division as argued by many pundits, religion can be a balm to a polarized country if we are willing to separate religious beliefs from their accompanying practices and ethics. Besides anchoring faith, religious practices and ethics can embody and enliven a democratic community by showing us how to live in and between different politics of sacred value.
WATCH: “The Congressional Experience: An Institution Transformed” with U.S. Congressman David Price (D-NC)
Jun. 28, 2021—U.S. Congressman David Price (D-NC) and Vanderbilt experts on American politics participated in a candid conversation charting the transformation of Congress. Vanderbilt political scientists Alan Wiseman and Larry Bartels will share their expertise with Rep. Price in a lively discussion laced with anecdotes and analysis from his book “The Congressional Experience: An Institution Transformed.” In addition to...
Jun. 24, 2021—For more than 55 years, White House Fellows have made important contributions to American democracy, and this program can serve as a model for those seeking to push back on polarization.
“Divided and Angry,” an excerpt from Faithful Presence: the Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square
May. 24, 2021—The place of faith in public life has been hotly debated as promising and perilous since our nation's founding, and the relationship of church and state remains contentious to this day—and for good reason. Too often, Christians end up shaping their faith to fit their politics rather than forming their politics to their faith. They seem to forget their calling is to be used by God in service of others rather than to use God to reach their own desires and ends. Faith can be a redemptive, healing presence in the public square—as it must be, if our nation is to flourish.
WATCH: Book launch of Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Faithful Presence” with Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes and Peter Wehner
May. 13, 2021—Thank you for viewing the May 25 book launch of Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square, now available wherever books are sold. Read or listen to an exclusive excerpt from Faithful Presence, selected by Gov. Haslam for the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy. For a recap of the...