Youth Democracy Forum

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is joining with Deree-The American College of Greece as Education Partner for the prestigious Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) to be held in Athens, Greece, 30 September to 2 October 2020. The Forum is offered by the Democracy and Culture Foundation in association with The New York Times and attracts a broad range of participants from around the world.

The Forum’s theme, “The New Abnormal: Re-imagining Democracy”, speaks to the mission of Liberal Arts education to prepare global citizens who can work together to respond to national and global challenges. Forum sessions will explore these topics:

Democracy in a Time of Crisis

Beyond “Big Bad Tech”: A Search for Solutions

Capitalism in a Post-Covid World

Geopolitical Tectonics and Global Inequalities

The Power of Belief

From Street Protests to Government

Through a two-level competitive application process, 25 students from 15 countries were selected to participate in the Forum as student delegates. Due to the pandemic, this year we can only take 10 students to Athens; the other 15 will participate virtually. Working in groups of five, the student delegates will consider questions raised by the Forum’s theme from their own generational and cultural perspectives. We aspire for the student delegates to make meaningful contribution to the Forum, to communicate their thinking and experiences both to their home campuses and to the Alliance, and to present a plan of action to their home institutions for addressing a specific challenge identified at the Forum.