Special Event

The Spirit of Democracy: Moral Foundations

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 7:00pm

What kind of democracy are we leaving for our children? Is it even a democracy worth fighting for?

At a time when it feels we are hopelessly divided, join us for an evening of  hope for the future. Despite today's challenges, if you need a dose of inspiration, this is the event for you.

Anchored at Washington National Cathedral, this online event will examine the historical context of this particular moment of stress for our democracy. Join us to think about what will be required of citizens and leaders as we commit ourselves to strengthening the democratic institutions, practices, and fundamental beliefs that allow our republic to function and even thrive.


  • David Brooks, New York Times columnist, author, and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute
  • The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, canon theologian, Washington National Cathedral and Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union
  • Tiokasin Ghost Horse, speaker, musician, and member of the Lakota Nation
  • Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Van Jones, CNN political contributor and host of the Van Jones Show 
  • Jill Lepore, writer for The New Yorker, and author of These Truths: A History of the United States
  • David Orr, founder, State of American Democracy project and co-editor, Democracy Unchained
  • Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

This online event premieres Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. ET.

  • Dates Offered
    • September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm