Democracy in Action Convening  

Join us for the Democracy in Action convening February 16–17, 2024, where the convergence of higher education and democracy takes center stage at Wesleyan University. 

Across two days of thought leadership and engaging activities, participants will hear from a collection of scholars, community leaders, experts, and peers. Following a Friday afternoon filled with student-centered engagement opportunities, the convening opens to all with a keynote address by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson that evening. Saturday will be filled with sessions featuring faculty, students, and experts exploring topics that lie at the intersection of higher education and democratic life: the power of the media, civic education, and the arts as a form of activism. The convening will close with a galvanizing session with Anand Giridharadas that will make it clear how institutions of higher education must commit to defending our democracy.

This Event is Sold Out

  • FREE for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff
  • $25 for all other attendees 

See the full schedule of events and list of guest speakers 

The Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, endowed by James J. Shasha ’50, P’82, supports lifelong learning and encourages participants to expand their knowledge and perspectives on significant issues. 


Please contact Anya Kisicki ( with questions.


Find information on local accommodations, including lodging and transportation, on Wesleyan's Visitor Guide.