Drafting Democracy

December 7, 2017
New York City

American democracy, as set forth in our founding documents, has been a beacon for the rest of the world. But the building blocks of that democracy feel shaky right now. Polls continue to show that the public doesn't trust institutions like Congress, the courts and the national news media. And the ties that bind us, as a nation, are frayed. We're more connected than ever — but also more polarized, defaulting to skepticism of those who don't look like us, share our views, speak our language or live in the same region.

At Drafting Democracy, The Atlantic explored what is required to get our democracy back on track.  

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Atlantic Live


  • Preet Bharara
    Preet Bharara Former U.S. Attorney Southern District of New York
  • Steve Clemons
    Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic
  • Tamika Edwards*
    Tamika Edwards* Managing Director of Training and Special Initiatives Legal Outreach
  • Zinga Fraser*
    Zinga Fraser* Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Women and Gender Studies and Director of the Shirley Chisholm Project Brooklyn College
  • DeNora Getachew
    DeNora Getachew Executive Director, New York City Generation Citizen
  • Jeremy Heimans
    Jeremy Heimans Co-founder and CEO Purpose
  • Sallie Krawcheck
    Sallie Krawcheck Co-Founder and CEO Ellevest
  • Heather Mac Donald
    Heather Mac Donald Thomas W. Smith Fellow The Manhattan Institute
  • Vivian Nixon
    Vivian Nixon Executive Director College and Community Fellowship
  • Trevor Potter
    Trevor Potter President Campaign Legal Center
  • Stephanie Ruhle
    Stephanie Ruhle Anchor MSNBC
  • Alex Wagner
    Alex Wagner Senior Editor The Atlantic
  • Randi Weingarten*
    Randi Weingarten* President American Federation of Teachers


  • Thursday, December 07
  • 6:35 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 6:40 p.m.-Preet Bharara, Former US Attorney, Southern District of New York
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 7:00 p.m.-DeNora Getachew, Executive Director, New York City, Generation Citizen
    Jeremy Heimans, Founder and CEO, Purpose
    Heather Mac Donald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
    Trevor Potter, President, Campaign Legal Center
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 7:35 p.m.-Sallie Krawcheck, Co-Founder and CEO, Ellevest
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 7:55 p.m.-Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship
    With Steve Clemons, The Atlantic
  • 8:10 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low, The Atlantic


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