Center for Democratic Culture (CDC) derives its philosophy from
American pragmatism, which regards democracy as an ongoing experiment
in collective living and institution building. Democracy, according
to John Dewey, begins at home, in a neighborly community, and is
first and foremost a quality of experience. We take this to mean
that civic virtues are as central to democracy as political institutions,
that civil society thrives in the culture which encourages trust,
tolerance, prudence, compassion, humor, and withers away when overexposed
to suspicion, hatred, vanity, cruelty, and sarcasm.
promotes civic education and civility in public discourse through
research, scholarly exchange, and community-based programs. It works
closely with local organizations in staging forums on the problems
of democracy, organizing lectures and seminars on the issues central to local
community, developing innovative programs in civic education, and
building ties to fledgling democracies.
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. UNLV faculty
actively supporting the CDC mission are welcome as its members.
Associate membership is available to researchers from other academic
institutions, as well as to local community representatives with
interests in civic education and democratic policy formation.
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 donations.