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CDD Dissertation Fellow Spotlight: Shannon Stimpson

Shannon Stimpson is one of two dissertation fellows in the Center for Democratic Deliberation this year. In this post, she shares more about her research on the way that writing was taught at colleges and universities during wartime.

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CDD Dissertation Fellow Spotlight: Caroline Koons

Caroline Koons is one of two dissertation fellows in the Center for Democratic Deliberation this year. In this post, she shares more about her research on the relationship between musical harmony and cultural harmony — and its connections to dissent and civic life.

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Penn State alumnus on democracy and reason

Thomas F. Brier, Jr., earned his J.D. from Penn State Law in 2017. After graduation, he served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is currently working as an Associate at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia. His book, "While Reason Slept" examines the relationship between democratic erosion and the declining belief in the power of reason.

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Midterms 2018 Election Guide

This short guide will help you make a plan to vote on Election Day. It first explains in brief why your vote matters.

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