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Senior Center Hosts “Democracy Café: A System Unrigged”
Wednesday, November 15
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Inquiry initiative explores ways to make it possible for everyone to fully participate in the civic sphere

Christopher Phillips, founder of Democracy Café, will be at the Senior Center on Wednesday, November 15th, at 2:00 pm, with an edition of the inquiry initiative that explores “Democracy and Race Matters.”

Democracy Café is a nonprofit that seeks to engage more citizens in the democratic process. It looks at different issues to explore the question of whether a system that is supposed to facilitate and encourage participation by “the people” is now preventing them from being heard and heeded.

There is no political agenda except to create more open societies in which participants give equal consideration and scrutiny to a variety of points of view. Rather than debate, Democracy Café uses Socratic inquiry for explorations of how to resuscitate and evolve our constitutional republic in ways that make it more genuinely inclusive, open, and vibrant—in a word, more democratic.

Phillips believes that the process of dialogue and the space of human interaction are good for us as individuals and essential for us as a society. At a time when there are widening rifts between Americans, he encourages us to approach others with greater openness and less fear.

The Center is located at 491 Hillsdale Drive (formerly 1180 Pepsi Place) in Charlottesville. The event is free and open to the public of all ages—school groups are encouraged to attend.


The nationally-accredited, award-winning Senior Center creates opportunities for healthy aging through social engagement, physical well-being, civic involvement, creativity, and lifelong learning. Through its volunteer program, members donate tens of thousands of volunteer service annually, improving quality of life for people of all ages in our community. For more information about the Center and its resources, visit



The Senior Center, Pepsi Place
1180 Pepsi Place
Charlottesville VA, 22901
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