The fall 2017 Global Cafe program will focus on “Dialogue in Democracy,” providing students opportunities to participate in structured dialogue about controversial topics. This program is a continuation of spring 2017 focus on “Civic Responsibility, Discourse, and Action” where faculty gained reflective dialogue methods and tools to mediate social justice and environmental topics and concerns. The Global Cafe upholds civil discourse as foundational to liberal arts education and training, and thereby is committed to elevating these practices in all our teaching and learning activities.
The first structured dialogue event will focus on “Charlottesville and the Confederate Controversy,” taking place Tuesday, September 12th, 1:30-2:30 in the Branford House, West Room. This dialogue will be limited to 10 students and will include additional chairs in the round for students, faculty and staff to listen. Please keep in mind this is a structured dialogue (not debate) and facilitators will lead this event with the intent of hearing only from those students who are participating. Classroom resources on dialogue will be made available online after this event and are adapted from Essential Partners, Center for Civic Reflection, and National Issues Forums, and in collaboration with the UConn Humanities Institute.
Additional “Dialogue in Democracy” events for students will take place on the following dates (topics TBA):
Additional “Dialogue in Democracy” forums will be (locations to be confirmed):
Tuesday, October 10th, 1:30-2:30
Tuesday, November 7th, 1:30-2:30