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The SNF Agora Institute, a joint conception between Johns Hopkins and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, harnesses cutting-edge research to identify, design, and test new mechanisms for strengthening civic engagement and inclusive dialogue worldwide.

The institute draws its namesake from the ancient Athenian agora, a central space in the city that was a place of open conversation and debate for all citizens.

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The SNF Agora Institute at JHU consists of three parts:

Academic Anchor

Composed of faculty and visiting scholars from a diverse array of fields, practices, ideologies, and backgrounds whose work individually and collectively supports healthy democracies around the world.

Agora Lab

Develops and tests strategies and practical reforms to understand and address the deteriorating norms in civic dialogue and democracy.

Agora Conversation

Communication and collaboration with others engaged in complementary work as well as the public will be a hallmark of the institute which will host a variety of events for broad engagement.

News & Announcements

Daniel Ziblatt to Discuss How Democracies Die at Mason Hall

How Democracies Die book cover

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Daniel Ziblatt, Eaton Professor of the Science of Government at Harvard University and visiting scholar for the SNF Agora Institute, will discuss his latest book, How Democracies Die, at Mason Hall.

The event is free, but tickets are required.