The American Assembly fosters public conversations that lead to more just, equitable, and democratic societies. It does so by bringing research to bear on public problems, by creating new resources for public understanding, and by strengthening the forms of trust and deliberation that make democracy work.
The Democracy and Trust Program explores the forms of trust on which modern democratic societies depend and the concomitant crises of trust in our current moment. It supports research and programming that seeks to better understand how trust emerges, how it is sustained, and how it can be strongly constructed where it is weak.
The American Assembly is the home of the Open Syllabus Project (OSP), an effort to build the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.
The Bowling Green Civic Assembly is a pilot process for strengthening the feedback loops between citizens, civic groups, elected leaders, and local media in communities.
Shadow Libraries is large-scale comparative research project on the provision of educational materials in higher education, with a focus on how students get the materials they need.