Promoting Community Dialogue: Challenges to Practice, Evaluation and Research

October 19, 2018 | NH Institute of Politics

About the Symposium
Human interaction and respectful exchange has never been more important. Political polarization is on the rise and partisanship and ideology get in the way of deeper discussions of values and community concerns. Positive face-to-face public discourse seems waning and negative encounters seem on the rise. At the same time, we have encountered more and more people who are disturbed by this state of affairs and want to be able to talk with neighbors and community members who are different from them, but they do not know how to have conversations about difficult topics in constructive and positive ways.  We believe that as educators, research scholars and community practitioners, we can make important contributions to promoting better dialogue on campuses and in our communities. 

Five sessions during the day will give participants a variety of ways to listen, interact and think about dialogue practice and the study of dialogue. View the full program schedule (PDF/196KB).

Cost and Registration
The registration fee is $50. Students can attend free of charge.

For participants who need overnight accommodations, a special rate of $135 per night is available at the Hilton Garden Inn, Manchester Downtown for registrations received prior to September 24. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact Ann Camann with the day(s) you'll need lodging accommodations. 

Limited financial assistance is available to cover costs of attending. If you need such assistance, please email Janet Mueller.

This symposium is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, the Father Jonathan, O.S.B., Center for Intercultural Learning and Inclusion at Saint Anselm College, Department of Politics at Saint Anselm College, the Meelia Center for Community Engagement at Saint Anselm College, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Saint Anselm College, and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Funding provided by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation.

October 19, 2018 from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

NHIOP Auditorium

Erik Cleven, Associate Professor of Politics