Strengthening our communities through conversation

Tired of the toxic level of polarization in the U.S.? Interested in talking with people whose perspective differs from your own in ways that stay constructive? We invite you to join us for a year focused on creating a culture of conversation rather than division. 

The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media are pleased to partner for Talking Together: Strengthening our Communities through Conversation, a dialogue initiative aimed at interrupting polarization and investing in the principles of civil discourse and respectful conversation. Each month will feature at least one structured activity for students, staff, faculty, and community members to engage in conversation with one other across differences in perspective, identity, and life experiences.

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Talking Together event

Series Schedule


February 23, 2023 - See No Stranger: An Evening with Valarie Kaur

March 23, 2023 - Building Trust Across America, One Relationship at a Time

April 20, 2023 - Virtual Workshop (more info to come)

Past Events: 

September 21, 2022 - Kick-Off Reception & How To Talk To Your Neighbor Workshop

September 22, 2022 - Constitution Day Celebration

October 13, 2022 - Film screening & A People's Supper

November 7-9, 2022 - Sharing our Stories: Moving from Division to Hope (Annual Civil Discourse Symposium)

January 21, 2023 - MLK Day of Service & Solidarity

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