Conference On Democracy

While "think, question, and create" has become the motto of Marin Academy, it is the second part of our mission statement—that MA "challenges each person to accept the responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society"—that has inspired the Conference On Democracy for 20 years.

The Conference’s origins were modest: a lunch-line conversation between two teachers sparked the idea of integrating the school’s mission more deeply into our daily intellectual and social practices. Now an eagerly-anticipated annual event, the Conference provides a wide array of perspectives on political, social, economic, and environmental issues that our communities face locally, nationally, and globally.

Justice in Democracy: Ethics, Agency, Impact

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Keynote Speakers

bio for Chesa Boudin
bio Cat Brooks
Visit the COD website for more information on this year's session line-up.


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a group of panelists
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If this country is to help engender real citizens out of the next generation, there is surely no better way to do it than this.

Orville Schell, Former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley
James Hughes

James Hughes

Director of Community Action, English Teacher