(Application Only) The Program for Public Discourse at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill invites scholars and practitioners of public discourse at institutions of higher education across North Carolina to attend the North Carolina Campus Discourse Leaders Conference that it will be hosting on April 5, 2024. Envisioned as the first of many such gatherings, the event is being co-organized by NC Campus Engagement, the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative at Davidson College, the Kernodle Center for Civic Life at Elon University and the Free Expression and Constructive Dialogue Task Force at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
There is growing interest in promoting constructive dialogue on college campuses so that we can better understand important issues from different points of view. Colleges and universities serve a critical function in helping students and citizens improve their skills in engaging with others on challenging topics facing our society. Many individuals and programs are advancing this work on their own campuses but may feel isolated and disconnected from similar efforts being implemented nearby. This conference will bring together representatives from a wide range of these initiatives and provide an opportunity to share insights and lessons learned from across North Carolina.
If you are actively working on improving the quality of public discourse, dialogue, debate, or deliberation on your college campus in either a curricular or co-curricular context, we encourage you to apply to attend this conference. The conference will catalyze discussions about how we can best equip students to engage in better public reasoning on challenging topics and how to make such conversations as inclusive and welcoming as possible. Participants will have an opportunity to share their approaches and challenges that they’ve experienced and learn from one another in highly interactive breakout discussions with colleagues at institutions that are both similar to and different from their own. Participants will leave the conference with a new network of colleagues from across North Carolina, new opportunities for collaboration on projects related to public discourse, and new ideas to consider and implement back on their campuses.
Space is limited, so please apply by December 15th at the link below. Slots are available for up to three representatives from each campus.