A Mission for Democracy

capitol building and reflecting pool
Cynthia Miller Idriss

The free and open exchange of ideas is a founding tenet of American democracy. At a time when our democratic institutions are facing tremendous challenges, AU creates dialogue across diverse points of view, teaches problem-solving techniques, and explores the causes and impacts of extremism with a goal of creating a more robust and productive civil discourse.


DUCC team members

Mascots on a Mission to Prevent Terrorism, Targeted Violence

AU students nationally winning project started in class
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SINE Launch

AU’s Sine Institute Solves Problems at Intersection of Politics and Policy

Experts, scholars, and students search for solutions.
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civil discourse

The Power and Responsibility of Free Speech

Balancing competing ideas in today’s polarized society.
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C. Miller Lecture

Understanding and Interrupting Extremism

Creating impact by addressing extremism.
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