This year, the Polis Innovation Accelerator invited all Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to put their creative talents to work offering original creations that reflect the theme: “Discourse for Democracy.”
Extreme polarization–or intense division and distrust resulting from people’s opposing opinions on various issues–has become a prominent feature of our political landscape. While diverse perspectives and healthy debate are integral to a well-functioning democracy, the disunity and even violence that extreme polarization can generate pose a serious threat to democracy. The arts offer a powerful mechanism for promoting meaningful political discussion and helping people find common ground.
Read on to see our finalists and their work!