The Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism was established in 2004-05 by a gift from Jeanette P. Lerman '69 and Joseph Neubauer, who provide continuing support for its activities.
Understanding the nature of conflicts
The Politics Department hosts the Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, established by a generous gift from Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman Neubauer '69.
The Circle supports study and research focused on the implications of difference for liberal democracy. It supports teaching and research focused on conflicts rooted in differences of ethnicity, race, gender, culture, and social and economic inequality, and the search for means by which to manage them peacefully. The Department, with support from the Circle, encourages undergraduates to undertake the challenges of advanced classroom learning and senior honors research, offers courses and research assistantships focused on cultural pluralism and democracy, and supports collaborative faculty-student research projects addressing issues of democracy and cultural pluralism. The Circle has funded student-faculty research, presentations at national and international conferences, many senior honors theses each year, and numerous research assistantships for undergraduates working on faculty research projects.