Understanding the nature of social, political and legal challenges associated with difference, and finding the means by which to manage them peacefully, and in a manner that sustains and strengthens democracy is one of the great social and political tasks of our time.

Conflicts based on race, ethnicity, gender, culture, and social and economic inequality are among the most compelling contemporary issues for students, for political scientists and for other scholars in the social sciences, humanities and the arts. These are likely to become even more important as economic and technological changes, demographic processes and immigration increase the diversity of open, democratic societies.

The activities of the Research Circle encourage undergraduates to undertake advanced classroom learning and research, for faculty to provide students with curricular offerings and supervised research opportunities, and for faculty and students to collaborate on original research projects focused on democracy and cultural pluralism.