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The Civic Discourse Project is a multi- year project addressing the pressing issues of our times. Each year, the project addresses a particular important theme by inviting the top minds- civic leaders, academics, public intellectuals - engaged in thinking through the big ideas and challenges facing American society, to discuss and explore them with our community. The series is designed to bring us closer together, not farther apart, through robust civil discourse, with speakers from across the intellectual spectrum. We call it a project because as our challenges change, so do the ideas and topics for discussion we include in our series.
The series is cosponsored by Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. As with all of our events, the Civil Discourse Project lectures are free and open to the public. They are also aired on PBS Arizona.
A series inviting the people of the United States to deliberate together about the ingredients necessary for civic bridge building, reviving civic knowledge and civic participation, and engaging in institutional renewal. Fall speakers include Robert Putnam, David Leonhardt, Ramesh Ponnuru and more.
The polarized and compartmentalized intellectual climate on American campuses both mirrors and contributes to similar maladies in American civic life. To examine the problem and begin to discuss possible solutions both at the level of the campus and society, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, together with its partners in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, will host a lecture series and conference entitled Polarization and Civil Disagreement: Confronting America's Civic Crisis.
Over the course of the 2017 - 2018 school year, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, along with partners the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, welcomed speakers representing a variety of perspectives to ASU to discuss and debate the issues surrounding free speech and intellectual diversity on American college campuses and in public life. The series is part of the school's mission to create public programs that promote intelligent civil dialogue about critical contemporary issues.