Ford School to host champions of democracy from across the globe

May 22, 2020

The Ford School will welcome delegates from countries around the world as we host the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Symposium virtually or in-person October 12-16, 2020. NDI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that works to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government.

In collaboration with the NDI, the Commission on Presidential Debates, and partners around U-M, the Ford School’s Weiser Diplomacy Center will take the lead on an academic colloquium with the global NDI delegates, and other events tied to the presidential debate that will be hosted by the University of Michigan on October 15. Students will have opportunities to interact with and learn from symposium delegates.

“The symposium will illuminate how debates and other key democratic practices function in the United States and elsewhere and help build a stronger network of advocates for democratic principles, on campus and around the globe,” said John Ciorciari, director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center

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