Youth Democracy Forum

The Global Liberal Arts Alliance is joining with Deree-The American College of Greece as Education Partner for the prestigious International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum (ADF) to be held in Athens, Greece, October 9-11, 2019. The Forum will attract a broad range of participants from around the world.

The Forum’s theme, “Reinventing Democracy – New Models for a Changing World”, speaks to the mission of Liberal Arts education to prepare global citizens who can work together to solve complex problems that bring positive change to a turbulent world. Forum sessions will focus on four topics deriving from the Forum theme:

We and Them: The tectonic plates of nationalism and multiculturalism

The echo chamber and the Agora: The use and abuse of new and social media

The cost of Inequality: Where has all the money gone?

Back to Basics: What must be done to restore faith in Democracy?

Through a two-level competitive application process, 24 students from 15 countries were selected to participate in the Forum as student delegates. 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.