To build our students’ capacities for debate and deliberation, enabling them to be better citizens, civic leaders, and stewards of our democracy.
How we execute our mission is important in gaining university-wide support and maximizing internal and external resources.
- Transparent and welcoming of input
- Focused on constructive public discourse
- Strong partners – internally & externally
Read more in our Mission Statement.
- Faculty Collaboration
Highlight capacities for debate, oral communication, critical thinking, structured argumentation, deep content knowledge and epistemic humility.
Offer the broader UNC community and general public perspectives on important issues that they may not otherwise get on campus. These events are ideally constructed to showcase constructive debate and diverse viewpoints.
- Student Opportunities
We connect our students directly with our speakers through classroom visits where they can apply the concepts from our events directly to their coursework. Furthermore, students are welcome to join the PPD as Agora Fellows, engaging with one another in reading groups, debates, and dialogues.