Content with Topics : Dialogue & Discourse

Primer on Dialogue & Deliberation

Edited by Nicholas Longo and Timothy J. Shaffer We live in divisive and polarizing times, often remaining in comfortable social bubbles and experiencing few genuine interactions with people who are different or with whom we disagree. Stepping out and turning to one another is difficult but necessary. For our democracy to thrive at a time when we face wicked problems that involve tough trade-offs it is vital that all citizens participate fully in the process. We need to learn to listen, think, and act with others to solve public problems. This collaborative task begins with creating space for democracy. This…

Deliberative Dialogue: Part Three

The following is the last installment of a three-part blog series on deliberative dialogue, written by Sharyn Lowenstein and Denny Frey from Lasell College. Introduction In the first two-parts of this blog series, posted in Oct. 2018 and Apr. 2019 respectively, Sharyn provided first a definition and some guiding parameters to Deliberative Dialogues in the classroom.  In the second part, she discussed the practical strategies that she relied on as she piloted this pedagogical tool at Lasell.  In this third-and-final part of the blog, Denny assesses how Deliberative Dialogues have worked in his history course (i.e., HIST104 – World Civilization…

Deliberative Dialogue Blog: Part Two

The following is part two of a three-part blog series by Sharyn Lowenstein, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Community-Based Learning at Lasell College. Introduction In our first blog, posted in October 2018, I defined deliberative dialogue (DD), provided parameters and guidelines for implementation, identified the immense promise and potential learning outcomes of the practice, and offered questions for consideration. In this blog, I delve into the practical strategies that have made this work move forward at my institution. Lasell’s Approach Since Fall 2017 Lasell, a small, private, four-year college with graduate programs (online and hybrid), has had…

Encounters: The Conference

Encounters: The Conference is a participatory event around the power of dialogue where publicly-engaged research meets practice and dialogue.  In partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Humility and Conviction in Public Life project, and as part of our Public Discourse Initiative, this event is free and open to our member campuses. The conference will be held November 17 at the UConn Hartford campus. Participants will explore various dialogic models and learn how they can bring such practices to their own settings. In particular, the conference will demonstrate a new, collaboratively-developed dialogue model, created in Connecticut, that communities can run anywhere and everywhere. Attendees will…

Discussing Gun Violence

The recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is a horrific tragedy that has become all too familiar to us all.  Previous incidents in Orlando, Charleston, Virginia Tech and, of course, Newtown continue to shape us as people and as a country. As a non-profit organization, Campus Compact must be non-partisan, but as an organization dedicated to educating citizens and building communities, we are not values-neutral.  Any loss of life in a school shooting is unacceptable and requires all of us to engage in deep reflection, dialogue with others, and action to create safer schools and…

Public Discourse Initiative Launched

The breakdown of public discourse in our country has led to an increasing distrust of public institutions by our citizens.  Polarizing opinions escalated by the divisive strategies of political parties has thwarted the efforts of communities to create positive social change and increase civic engagement.  The need for higher education to create safe spaces to address controversial issues is needed now more than ever. In an effort to address these difficult conversations that are occurring on campuses across our country, Campus Compact of Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to announce the Public Discourse Initiative (PDI), made possible through the…

Join Us for the CT Civic Ambassadors Summit

  Join us as Connecticut Civic Ambassadors share their stories, best practices, and civic innovations to create opportunities for civic action and participation in Connecticut. Learn about the importance of “civic health” and civic participation for our communities, state, and democracy. Find out how parents, high school and college students, and civic leaders are building a strong culture of civic participation in our state. Get a toolkit with resources that will help you become engaged and engage others in a variety of civic projects and opportunities. The event will take place Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 12 PM – 4:30 PM at the Hartford Public Library PRESENTERS Martha McCoy, Everyday Democracy The Hon. Denise Merrill, Secretary of the State of…

Announcing Fund for Positive Engagement Award Recipients

40 institutions to receive funding from Campus Compact to bridge divides on campuses and in communities. This includes three member campuses from Southern New England: Salem State University, Yale University, and the University of Connecticut.  Read the Press release from Campus Compact: BOSTON, Mass. – September 11, 2017 – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced 40 college and university recipients of grants to bring people together across lines of difference from its Fund for Positive Engagement. The Fund for Positive Engagement is a direct response by Campus Compact to…

CCSNE Welcomes Graduate Fellow

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to welcome Val Brooks as our Graduate Fellow to support the Public DIscourse Initiative. Val will be with us for the next nine months to completing her graduate fellowship for Merrimack College’s Masters of Education in Community Engagement program. She will be with CCSNE approximately 25 hours a week from August 2017 to May 2018. Val’s work will include researching the current dialogue and discourse practices throughout CCSNE member campuses and identifying the individuals and departments who are leading these efforts. She will also help identify and develop trainings and workshops…

CCSNE receives $30,000 Grant from UCHI

Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE) is pleased to announce that it has received a 1-year, $30,000 grant from the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI).  CCSNE seeks to improve the depth and breadth of dialogue and deliberation on college and university campuses. Despite the relatively strong aggregate prosperity of our citizens, our communities are divided in their perspectives, experiences, and ideology. Political discourse in our country has broken down due to polarizing perspectives, divisive strategies by political parties and candidates, and lack of formal structures which seek to bridge the dominant political perspectives.  Higher education institutions are not…

Dialogue and Discourse Resource Page

Public Discourse is an ongoing public conversation that can take many forms, ranging from in-person discussions, to journalism, to online and off-line activism, to community projects, and beyond. The purpose of public discourse is usually to promote understanding of complex issues among people who disagree, in order to find common ground and take action.JTNDZGl2JTIwaWQlM0QlMjJEaWFsb2dpY1Rlcm1zJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNFAppreciative Inquiry is about the co-evolutionary search for the best in people, their organizations, and the relevant world around them. In its broadest focus, it involves systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in…

Bring It To The Table: Free Webinar

August 23, 2016 1-2pm EST Campus Compact, in collaboration with Talking Eyes Media, invites you to learn about an exciting, new, civic engagement project perfect for your campus communities called BRING IT TO THE TABLE. Join us on Tuesday, August 23 from 1pm-2pm for a webinar about how to bring Bring It to your campus, hosted by award-winning filmmaker, Julie Winokur. THE PROJECT: The centerpiece of Bring It to The Table is a 40 minute documentary film — a fresh, provocative, often humorous study of political identity and how to reach for true conversation, healthy debate, and social activism in…

Civic Action Summit Explores What the World Needs From Higher Education

On June 2, 2016, administrators, faculty, staff, and students of CTCC’s member campuses, as well as community partners, gathered at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for Connecticut’s first Civic Action Summit to explore and begin to address the question “What does the world need from higher education?” Bethany Johnson-Javois, CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network and Managing Director and ex-officio member of the Ferguson Commission, delivered a powerful and compelling keynote speech to address this central question. She discussed the importance of radical listening and working toward racial equity and liberation by being proactive, leveraging faculty/staff expertise, and…