This panel will explore how racial injustice, grievance and identity are being mobilized across the political spectrum and the implications of these developments for redressing pressing social needs and building a sense of American identity and common purpose. 

Panelists will include: 

  • Fred Baumann, professor of political science
  • Densil Porteous '02, interim executive director at Stonewall Columbus and CEO of Pride Fund 1
  • Kelley Coleman Ukhun '92, DC educator and anti-racism advocate
  • Elizabeth Westfall P'23, civil rights attorney
  • Moderator: Dave Rowe, Kenyon professor of political science, director of the Center for the Study of American Democracy  

"Is the American Experiment Still Viable?", a Hill to Hill event, is a series of six virtual alumni panel discussions sponsored by the Center for the Study of American Democracy in conjunction with the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement.

Please save the date(s) for the following panels, all of which will be held at 7 p.m. Eastern Time via Zoom:

  • September 28: Left, Right, and Center
  • October 6: Race, Identity and Contesting the “Real” America
  • October 13: Law, Order, Justice and Democracy
  • October 20: America in the World
  • October 27: Information, Misinformation, Disinformation
  • November 10: America Voted. What's Next?

To register for other panels in this series, visit

Is the American Experiment Still Viable?

Learn more about the Hill to Hill series and watch recordings from previous panel discussions.