American Evolution Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy
Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary
July 30-August 1, 2019

The American Evolution Forum on the Future of Representative Democracy gathered elected officials, scholars, and thought leaders from across the world to discuss the historic impact of democracy on our nation, its impact on the world, and what the future holds for democracies around the world. Featured speakers included U. S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, U. S. Representatives Robert J. Wittman and Elaine G. Luria, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, and a 2016 presidential candidate and former Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina. Panel discussions with renowned speakers including David M. Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-executive Chairman of the Carlyle Group; Jeffrey Rosen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Constitution Center and Professor of law at the George Washington University Law School; and Karl C. Rove, Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush, produced a range of perspectives and practical insights on key issues facing representative democracy and citizenship. The Forum was hosted by William & Mary, and was generously supported by the University of Virginia, Dominion Energy, Altria, and McGuireWoods.