November 3, 2022

Monthly we focus on 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. This morning we discuss the upcoming GVSU Civil Discourse Symposium with John Noltner, photographer, storyteller and founder of A Peace of My Mind, and Dr. Lisa Perhamus, director of the GVSU Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse. Talking Together is a partnership between the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media.

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October 6, 2022

Monthly we focus on 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. This morning we speak with Kyle Kooyers, Associate Director of the GVSU Kaufman Interfaith Institute, K. Scarry, Director of The People’s Supper. Talking Together is an initiative of Grand Valley State University and partnership between the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media.

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September 8, 2022

Monthly we focus on 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.

This morning we speak with Dr. Lisa Perhamus, director of the GVSU Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, and Kyle Kooyers, associate director of the GVSU Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

Talking Together is a partnership between the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media.

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September 6, 2022

GV seeks to dispel rising polarization through new civil discourse series

Grand Valley State University’s Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse is attempting to tackle the issue of proliferated polarization through a newly introduced series centered on community dialogue.

The program, titled “Talking Together,” is designed to be a remedy for the affliction of polarization through discussion between people and forming common ground despite partisanship.

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New endowed professor will focus on role civil discourse can play in polarization

Greg Warsen, assistant professor of educational leadership, was selected as the new Padnos/Sarosik endowed professor of civil discourse.

Dec 5, 2022

portrait of John Noltner, in background is scenic view of lake, cliffs

Campus members will share their stories, hopes for country at next Talking Together event

Input from campus community members on their hopes for the future of a divided country will be the focus of the next Talking Together event.

Oct 27, 2022

man standing talking to room full of people in the Alumni House who are seated at tables

Next Talking Together event focuses on how voters with opposing views can feel heard, understand each other

Participants at the next event in the Talking Together initiative will enjoy a meal together and watch a film showing people with opposing political views sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Oct 6, 2022

Photo of book on Constitution's amendments

Authors discuss history, challenges of Constitution's amendments

The Hauenstein Center welcomed John Kowal and Wilfred Codrington as part of its annual Constitution Day celebration to discuss their research and book into the history of the U.S. Constitution's amendments.

Sep 23, 2022

Participants at Talking Together workshop discuss an issue

Talking Together series promotes discussion, unity

The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media formed a partnership to coordinate the initiative's content and programming.

Sep 22, 2022

Talking Together image of two quote boxes joined together in two blue tones

University initiative will create culture of civil conversation, interrupt polarization

Four campus partners have collaborated to bring to Grand Valley and the community a yearlong series of programs designed to foster a culture of civil conversation and provide participants with tools to interrupt polarization.

Aug 25, 2022

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