Delivering Democracy


Inaugurated in 2014, the annual Delivering Democracy program has become one of the most anticipated events at ASU and in the communities of which the university and the Center are a part. This program invites us all to consider the nature of democracy and the subtle, explicit, historic and contemporary issues that shape this essential national ideal. Discussions of democracy are inextricably linked to considerations of race. As a result, it becomes possible and even inevitable that we all begin to participate in powerful and necessary conversations about how race is defined, engaged, and confronted in so many aspects of society.

Delivering Democracy features visionary individuals who challenge the traditional boundaries of democratic ideals and address key challenges that emerge around issues of race and democracy. The pursuit and attainment of democracy is a compelling aspiration and one that requires true collaborative engagement. It also requires careful cultivation and valuing of multiple historical, cultural, economic, social, racial and political points of entry. The CSRD envisions Delivering Democracy as a safe and inclusive space that enables us to overcome polarization and division. This program provides an invaluable opportunity to enhance our shared understanding of the roots and possibilities of democratic striving.

Sponsor CSRD 

Ten years of Delivering Democracy

Delivering Democracy Distinguished Speakers:


Wynton Marsalis image

Wynton Marsalis

John Quinones image

John Quinones

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II image

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II



Maria Hinojosa portrait shot

Maria Hinojosa

Eric HolderThe Honorable
Eric H. Holder Jr.
Van Jones PhotoVan Jones
Soledad O'Brien Headshot                                                              Soledad O'Brien    
Viola Davis HeadshotViola Davis
Anderson Cooper HeadshotAnderson Cooper
Forest Whitaker HeadshotForest Whitaker