Calm the Chaos: Honoring All Voices in Public Education APPROVED INT 100/201

Thursday, November 16, 2023
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

10th Annual Civil Discourse Symposium flyer

The 10th Annual Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium is planned for November 16, 2023 and will be led by Dr. Greg Warsen, Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse and Graduate Program Director for the Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership. 

American society has no shortage of polarizing issues with which to contend, and we are struggling with many of these within our public schools. A problem, however, is the harmful, dysfunctional ways these issues can sometimes find expression. We can approach current cultural tensions around how schools manage collections in media centers, teach U.S. history, or respond to LGBTQ+ issues with healthy dialogue and deliberation. Instead, we are seeing a striking increase in shouting matches at school board meetings and politicized, top-down policy and curricular decisions. If we cannot ensure that students are afforded a basic education within safe spaces called schools, then have we, as a country, failed on one of our fundamental promises to the next generation?

Join us for a panel and round table discussions with school leaders, parents, teachers, and students. We can find better ways to engage in dialogue that builds curiosity, understanding, and respect for all voices. This interactive event is free and open to the public; registration is required. 

6:00-6:30 p.m. - Refreshments 
6:30-8:30 p.m. - Program

This event is approved for INT 100/201 and HNR 201 credit!

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Location Information

Seidman Center (Pew Campus)
Seidman Forum 
50 Front Ave SW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Contact Information

Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 616-331-8044


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This event was added to the calendar by Justine Kibet ( on Monday, January 23, 2023 and was last updated on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 2:07 p.m.