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Civil Discourse Symposium 2014

Thank you to all who attended the inaugural Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Civil Discourse Symposium, Civil Discourse for Civic Engagement. Over 240 people came together for a community dialogue. Students, staff, neighborhood residents, community members, faculty and GVSU leaders shared a unique opportunity to dialogue about important issues about developing and maintaining vibrant communities. Panelists shared poignant stories and challenging questions about the importance of “staying at the table” when conversations get difficult, both for the sake of remaining committed to honoring each other’s need to be understood and for the critical tasks facing each of us in the ongoing work of revitalizing Detroit and the many other cities whose needs call for civic engagement. When the evening ended, participants were still in the middle of conversations with one another. We had so much more to talk about together. May the conversations continue…

We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Civil Discourse Symposium on Thursday, November 5, 2015.


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