The Character of American Democracy

Virtual Book Launch

In Association with

Kelly School of Business
The Character of American Democracy Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future by Jill Long Thompson

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Join us September 15, 2020 at 4:00pm EST

Join us to celebrate the launch of our very special new publication, The Character of American Democracy by Jill Long Thompson. Join Jill in a virtual book launch as she showcases the book and discusses its implications for the future of our democracy.

Jill will be joined in conversations by a selection of special guests, including Secretary Leon Panetta, Secretary Dan Glickman, the Honorable Lee Hamilton, the Honorable Paul Helmke, the Honorable Marcy Kaptur, and the Honorable Richard Painter.

Available in September 2020, The Character of American Democracy, is published by Indiana University Press.

About the Book

"We live in an age that demonstrates the powerful need for ethics in government. Democracy is a privilege that carries with it important responsibilities for the people and their representatives. As we look back on this era and determine the future of this nation, Dr. Long Thompson's book will be a resource for Americans who are seeking ways to secure our democracy and our future as a nation." —Congressman John Lewis, Georgia's 5th District


Ethical leadership, steeped in integrity and fairness, matters. The future of our nation and our world depends upon the quality of America's character. In this uncompromising, absorbing look at our government and society today, Jill Long Thompson persuasively argues that we all have a meaningful role to play in shaping America's character and future. The citizenry, as well as their elected officials, are responsible for protecting the fairness of participation and integrity in elections, as well as in the adoption and execution of laws. In this troubling time when the public is losing trust and confidence in our government, Jill Long Thompson shows us a bipartisan way forward.

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About the Participants

Jill Long Thompson

Jill Long Thompson

A former Congresswoman from Indiana, Jill Long Thompson taught ethics as a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor at the Kelley School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington and is now Visiting Scholar with the Ostrom Workshop. Until 2015 she was board chair and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration, a position to which she was appointed by President Barack Obama.

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