The Summer Institute is College of the Atlantic's week-long ideas festival that welcomes experts from around the world to share their perspectives on the most pressing issues of our time.

2024 Speakers & Interlocutors 

Event Details 


The 2024 College of the Atlantic Summer Institute will examine democracy in the United States during one of the most consequential years of our times.


Struggles for democracy traverse our lives and society, from ballot boxes to inboxes, from the corridors of Congress to the halls of schools, from kitchen tables to city streets. Questions of democracy confront us in our debates over freedom of the press, voting rights, and artistic freedom, in struggles against authoritarianism, and in conversations about how to effectively engage with disagreement and conflict across a range of topics.


Join us from July 29 - August 2, as elected officials, authors, analysts, and community organizers discuss what democracy means to them, the threats it faces, and how our individual and collective efforts can fortify democracy now and for future generations.

Registration is required for in-person and virtual participants.

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