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Civil Discourse Cafe: Complicated Conversations

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You are invited to join the communities of GVSU and West Michigan at the 2019 Padnos/Sarosik Civil Discourse Symposium, Civil Discourse Café: Complicated Conversations. This event is LIB 100 and 201 approved.


Can we talk? These days it is likely you have had a discussion that has turned intense and have found yourself wondering, “How could someone think that?" Many conversations today are becoming increasingly polarized. However, our society cannot function well if we refuse to engage with people who have different views. Democracy depends on respectful disagreement — even when it’s fundamental and intense disagreement. Are we only hearing from and talking to people who already agree with us? This interactive event will focus on practicing civil discourse with one another as we share a variety of perspectives around issues of water and equity in our local and global communities.

The event is free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

This event is a part of the Making Waves Initiative. Learn more at

Civil Discourse Cafe: Complicated Conversations
  • Times:  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • November 19, 2019 to November 19, 2019
  • Grand Valley State University-Eberhard Center
  • Free