With 2020 ending, we want to thank everyone who supported the UNC Program for Public Discourse (PPD)’s ongoing mission to promote civic virtue and foster civil debate.
This year, we welcomed new leadership and found new ways to connect and share our work with the world.
The PPD brought together voices from across disciplines, institutions, and political ideologies. We discussed meritocracy’s role in education, how we should tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, what it takes to establish dialogue across the political aisle, how to best secure free speech on college and university campuses, and what public discourse will look like post-election.
Working alongside numerous departments and schools within the university, we connected to hundreds of Carolina students, faculty, and staff. And just as importantly, our principles found purchase with scores of passionate individuals beyond our virtual campus.
As we transition into a new semester and a new year full of promise and uncertainty, we will continue our commitment to cultivating robust public discourse around a variety of challenging topics.
We’re grateful for everyone who was a part of the PPD in 2020. We look forward to meeting everyone who will be a part of it in 2021.