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Democracy Cafe Founder—Christopher Phillips
Christopher Phillips
Original Date: Friday May 19, 2017

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Visiting us for one evening only—the founder of Democracy Cafe! This event will include a book signing, so make sure to purchase your copy of one (or more) of Chris' books, all carried at Many Rivers.

Dr. Phillips' Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award, and a recent Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, as well as senior writing and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania—is a roving ambassador for spearheading initiatives that create more open, inclusive and connected societies. As such, he travels the world over holding dialogues with people of all walks of life. He 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.

His newest book is The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest. You can learn more about him at

"A modern-day Socrates who's chosen the world, not just the agora, for his stage. [with] a model discourse that elevates working lives and reduces intellectualism's pretentions."
Richmond Times Dispatch

"Phillips has combined the approach of Socrates and the wisdom of Jefferson to show us the way."
Dr. Larry J. Sabato (author of A More Perfect Constitution, Director of, University of Virginia Center for Politics)

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