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The CDD Mission


The Center for Democratic Deliberation (CDD) was founded in 2006 as a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, and outreach on issues of civic engagement and democratic deliberation. It is concerned with two of the most basic requirements of a healthy participatory democracy: (1) a citizenry with the knowledge and communicative skills necessary for engaged democratic citizenship; and (2) a culture of vibrant, informed deliberation, where citizens discuss, debate, and render collective decisions on matters of public importance.

Please explore this site to find out more about us and how to join us for ongoing deliberations about current issues relevant to our community, nation, and world.


The CDD is supported in part by a Challenge Grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities

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