Symposium 2022: Bridging Divides: Encouraging Dialogue with Radical Empathy

Keynote speaker Dr. Terri Givens

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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Eberhard Center Room 215 - 301 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

With regard to the health and safety of the Grand Valley State University and greater Grand Rapids area, we are also offering a virtual alternative for this event. Guests are welcome to attend in-person or online via Zoom. When you RSVP, you will be given the option to select your attendance preference. Your confirmation email will include a link to attend the event via Zoom.


The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, in partnership with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, will host a hybrid symposium (in-person and virtual) which is open to the public on Wednesday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Eberhard Center. This year we will focus on healing and bridging divides. Dr. Terri Givens will join us as our keynote speaker for the Annual Civil Discourse Symposium,  Bridging Divides: Encouraging Dialogue with Radical Empathy. There are many social, cultural, and political divides that often make it difficult to talk with one another. This year’s symposium will focus on bridging these divides through a concept and a process Dr. Givens calls “radical empathy.” She will share her personal story of living with the impact and consequences of racism as a way to help us better understand how practicing radical empathy toward each other can help us to dialogue across difference, and, from there, create meaningful social change. This year’s symposium will be interactive, providing participants an opportunity to begin practicing radical empathy. It is open to students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members. The current Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, is coordinating this exciting event.

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