Forum on Healthcare Policy Perspectives

Co-Hosted by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College


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Should healthcare be nationalized, privatized, a mix of both? Do private firms, civil society organizations, or government agencies better provide and regulate health insurance, care, and research? What mix would be optimal in the context of the United States, and how did we reach the current status quo? In today’s politically polarized society, it is more important than ever to aim to understand those with whom we disagree. This forum will bring together students representing diverse viewpoints to discuss their perspectives on healthcare policy. During the event, students will engage with the speakers and other students during panel discussions, large and small group sessions, and reading and writing exercises with the aim to understand a diverse set of viewpoints while engaging in respectful dialogue across political and ideological divides. 

There is no cost to attend this event. Meals will be provided throughout. Travel and lodging will be arranged and provided as needed.

The forum is part of the Mercatus Center's Pluralist Lab, an effort to foster open mindedness while actively demonstrating how we can exchange ideas and coexist with our fellow citizens across deep divides. The Pluralist Lab hosts forums like this one to encourage experimentation and development of new tools for improving civil discourse in professional and everyday life. 

Eligibility: Students of all majors at the graduate or undergraduate level

Event Date: February 9-11, 2023

Location: The Morrison House, 116 S Alfred St., Alexandria, VA

Application Deadline: November 21, 2022

The final section of this application consists of three short response questions. You will have a max of 1,500 characters (~250 words) to respond to each.

1. Please describe your interest in attending this event.

2. Who is one of your intellectual influences and how have they shaped your worldview?

3. What is something that you used to firmly believe, but have since changed your mind about? What changed your mind, or influenced you to change your beliefs?

You will be given the option to upload a current resume.

Students will be updated on their application status by December 1st, 2022.


Please reach out to Sarah Wright ([email protected]) with any questions.