The Future of Democracy: Is Democracy in Decline? OCT 15, 2019 Erin Tor The Future of Democracy: Is Democracy in Decline? How do we restore faith in the American political system and in democracy as an institution? Hear from Batten Dean Ian H. Solomon and fellow panelists Melody Barnes, co-director, the Democracy Initiative and professor of practice, Miller Center of Public Affairs; Micah Schwartzman, director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy; Larry Terry, executive director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; and Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics; with moderator Mary Kate Cary, professor of practice, Politics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, as they discuss challenges and solutions to the future of democracy worldwide. This event was part of the University of Virginia's "Honor the Future" campaign kickoff. Read more about the event series in UVA TODAY. Ian H. Solomon Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. Read full bio Related Content Ian H. Solomon First Batten Hour of the Year Kicks Off with Roundtable Discussion with Dean Solomon News This week, Batten hosted the first Batten Hour of the year featuring brief remarks from Dean Ian H. Solomon followed by a roundtable conversation with the dean, students, and faculty, providing an opportunity for the Batten community to get to learn more about the new dean, both professionally and personally. Professor Jay Shimshack Appointed Batten School Associate Dean for Academic Affairs News The Batten School announced the appointment of Professor Jay Shimshack as associate dean for academic affairs. Shimshack succeeds Professor Craig Volden, who will conclude his distinguished four-year term as associate dean at the end of June and transition to the role of interim dean of the Batten School until Dean-elect Ian Solomon’s arrival on Sept. 1.