and Community Members:
I would like
to bring to your attention the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture
(CDC), a research and public service organization dedicated to civic
education, crosscultural dialogues, and international exchange.
The Center derives its philosophy from American pragmatism, which
regards democracy as an ongoing experiment in collective living
and institution building. CDC serves as a clearing house for UNLV
faculty and students conducting research on the historical experience
of American democracy and its relevance to contemporary society
at home and abroad.
Central to the CDC mission is the Justice & Democracy Forum
series. Cosponsored by the William S. Boyd School of Law and College
of Liberal Arts, the forum offers a nonpartisan venue for exchanging
partisan views on issues central to the community, such as access
to the justice system, evaluation and election of judges, civility
in public discourse, and tort reforms. The inaugural forum took
place in December of 2002, and it featured a panel discussion on
“Judging the Judges: Should We Elect or Appoint Nevada Judges?”
CDC implements innovative projects that further civility, emotional
intelligence, and alternative dispute resolution. The Center organizes
citizen summits, facilitates dialogues between Americans and people
from different countries, and sponsors international conferences
that bring to Nevada foreign artists, scholars, and politicians
who can enrich our understanding of cultural differences and alternative
life styles. CDC also brings to UNLV guest speakers offering fresh
perspectives on issues confronting our local and national community.
The Center for Democratic Culture does not endorse candidates running
for office, nor does it take part in political campaigns. CDC is
a nonprofit organization that raises funds for its programs through
federal agencies, private foundations, and individual donors.
I invite you to sample CDC programs and take part in its activities.
If you have a project consistent with the CDC mission, please feel
free to bring it to the attention of CDC board members.
With good wishes,
Professor and Director,
UNLV Center for Democratic Culture