Each year the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) runs a number of special dinner events involving prominent speakers from the worlds of politics, journalism, academia, and public life whose talks are tied to themes involving democracy. These dinner talks and dinner panels, which are intended to inform the Orange County community on topics of major public interest, are a central part of CSD's mission of community outreach. The dinners are also used to raise money for the Jack and Suzie Peltason Graduate Democracy Fellowship Endowment and other sources of funding for graduate students in the Departments of Political Science, Sociology, and Economics who are doing research on topics related to democracy. Topics studied by CSD Democracy Fellows include viable transitions to democracy in nations previously under dictatorial or totalitarian rule, the civic inclusion of minority community members, democracy in the workplace, religion and public life, stockholder control of corporations, constitutional design, and institutional reform.
To arrange an invitation to any dinner talk, or for more information, please contact Shani Brasier, CSD, Center Administrator, email@example.com or 949-824-2904.