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Creating Space for Democracy: Methods for Promoting Civil Discourse in Higher Education

October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How can educators use civil discourse to address increasing polarization and free speech controversies on campus? Drawing on lessons from Creating Space for Democracy (Stylus, Campus Compact & AAC&U), this session will introduce various methods of dialogue and deliberation, including case study examples from leading dialogue practitioners.

Participants will leave this session with ideas and practices for promoting free spaces for civil discourse in classroom, student life, and community settings.


Nicholas Longo, Moderator

Sara Mehltretter Drury, Vice President of Deliberation at Unify America, Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Wabash College, and founding director of Wabash Democracy & Public Discourse

Suchitra Gururaj, Vice President for Community Engagement and Economic Development, University of Texas-Austin

Thomas Schnaubelt, Lecturer and Senior Advisor on Civic Education, Deliberative Democracy Lab, Stanford University



October 12
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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