Media & Democracy Summit by SNF Ithaca Initiative and iMEdD

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Ithaca Initiative at the University of Delaware Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and iMEdD have announced plans to host the inaugural Media & Democracy Summit, a new annual gathering that will take place for the first time this year from May 29-31, 2024, in Wilmington, Delaware.   

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The event will convene a diverse array of journalists, academics, and students from across the globe. Its mission is to foster meaningful dialogue around the crucial role of media in democracy while collectively addressing the challenges that citizens encounter within our lives that are shaped by information and technology.

A selection of confirmed speakers includes CNN senior political analyst and anchor John Avlon, professor, presidential historian and New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brinkley, PBS political commentator and host of “Firing Line” Margaret Hoover, and founder of News Not Noise, Jessica Yellin.  

The SNF Ithaca x iMEdD Media & Democracy Summit will be held at the Queen located at 500 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801. The summit is free to attend. Registration for in-person attendance is available at All sessions will be publicly live-streamed; no registration is required to watch the livestream. 

The summit kicks off on May 29 with the SNF Dialogues open discussion “Consumers or Citizens”, exploring the impact of political marketing on democracy. This public speaking event is part of an event series that the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) launched recently in the U.S, aiming to encourage inclusive discussions that bridge the gap between passive involvement and active, meaningful participation in civic life.