September 29 - November 5
Conversations of Consequence Series
Description: This fall, in partnership with the University of Colorado-Boulder, Everyday Democracy, and University of Denver Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Iliff will host a training and discourse series titled, “Conversations of Consequence: Developing Meaningful Commitments through Civil Discussion.” This fall program series aims to:
- Increase public skills in areas of civil discourse across difference and diversity; and
- Facilitate civil, action-oriented dialogue that prepares community and campus members to meaningfully engage in electoral politics that directly impact our local communities.
The series begins with a training where student, staff, faculty, and community participants will learn and practice public skills in civil discourse and then break up into integrated community-campus leadership teams to co-facilitate the scheduled public dialogues.
Community-campus leadership teams will co-facilitate the series of public and civil dialogues, which will take place in October and November 2012. The process will support community members in learning, discussing, and developing informed personal commitments within a diverse setting. The program does not seek to build consensus, but to use civil discourse skills in generating public discussion in which we might be able to identify and describe a diversity of key arguments so that individuals can develop informed commitments and then vote on those commitments.
- Civil Discourse Facilitator Training
Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Registration: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s8HWGQFJ
- What is Civil Discourse?
A publicly-sourced discussion to define civil discourse and create a structure that we will practice.
Monday, Oct. 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Practicing Civil Discourse: Amendment 64 “The Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol Act of 2012”
Monday, Oct. 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Practicing Civil Discourse: Domestic Issues of the 2012 Presidential Election
Monday, Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. (cancelled – watch the Presidential Debate from Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida)
- Reflections & Next Steps: An action-oriented discussion on how to facilitate civil discourse in our personal, professional, institutional, and community lives.
Monday, Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
The following Iliff departments have collaborated to organize this fall program: Chapel and Spiritual Life, Communications, Office of Diversities, Justice & Peace Studies, Master’s of Arts in Social Change degree program, Office of Professional Formation, and Student Senate.
This programming is made possible with support from our co-sponsors and a $2,000 Campus Vote grant from Colorado Campus Compact, the regional branch of a national coalition dedicated to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mondays, Oct. 8, 15, 22, and Nov. 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Iliff School of Theology, Great Hall, 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210