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Last November, writers, scholars, and concerned citizens gathered in Oberlin, Ohio for a non-partisan, thoughtful, and rigorous series of discussions. Thank you to everyone who made the conference a success! Please stay tuned for information on the next event in this series.

​Photos by Dale Preston

Listen to selected sessions from the Oberlin conference:

Peter Wehner and Bill Ritter, Jr.

“Ideas and their Consequences”

November 16, 2017

​(audio only)

Part I - Peter Wehner and Bill Ritter, Jr.
00:00 / 00:00
Part II - Peter Wehner and Bill Ritter, Jr.
00:00 / 00:00

J. D. Vance and Anthony Flaccavento

“Democracy in the Red Zone”

November 17, 2017

​(audio only)

Part I - J.D. Vance and Anthony Flaccavento
00:00 / 00:00
Part II - J.D. Vance and Anthony Flaccavento
00:00 / 00:00
Jonathan Albright
Social Media and Democracy
Gar Alperovitz
The New Economy Movement and New Political Power
Akhil Reed Amar
Constitutional Roundtable
Carmen Twillie Ambar
President, Oberlin College
William J. Barber, II
Organizing Moral Politics 7 Days a Week
Ari Berman
Voting Rights
David Daley
Timothy Egan
The Election and Aftermath
Denise Fairchild
Democracy and Race in America
Anthony Flaccavento
Conversation with J.D. Vance
Pamela Karlan
Constitutional Roundtable
David Karpf
Social Media and Democracy
Stephen Kinzer
Militarism and Democracy
Robert Kuttner
Conversation with Jane Mayer
Jessica Tuchman Mathews
Militarism and Democracy
Jane Mayer
Dark Money and Democracy
Dan Moulthrop
Conference Moderator
Josiah Ober
How Democracies Succeed or Fail
David W. Orr
Paul Pierson
2018 and Beyond
Jonathon Porritt
Election Commentary
John Powers
Continuing the Conversation
K. Sabeel Rahman
Diane Ravitch
Civic Education
Bill Ritter, Jr.
Continuing the Conversation
Ganesh Sitaraman
Constitutional Roundtable
Gus Speth
Stress Tests Ahead
Zeynep Tufekci
Social Media and Democracy
J.D. Vance
Democracy in the Red Zone
Peter Wehner
A New Kind of Conservatism
Terry Tempest Williams
Convocation: An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams
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Oberlin is easily reached from I-480, I-90, or I-80 (Ohio Turnpike). The campus is located at the junction of Ohio Route 58 and Ohio Route 511, about a 30-minute drive from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.