Harvard Community Dialogue

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Harvard Community Dialogue will convene students, staff, faculty and community members from around the university and wider community for conversations throughout this spring semester related to important issues in the public square. Our hope is that participants and facilitators alike will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and possibilities of political dialogue. We will also be a responsive group, able to organize dialogue when the need for conversations is particularly urgent.

There is no prerequisite to participation. We only ask that participants come with a curiosity to learn from others in the conversation and to contribute constructively and authentically. Our Facilitation Corps—students who have been trained with HNMCP Faculty—will facilitate each of the dialogue sessions, along with Professor Robert C. Bordone and Rachel Viscomi.


Taking a Knee: A Community Dialogue on Protest, Patriotism, and the National Anthem
November 3, 3-4:00pm
Lewis Hall 214A


Why Harvard Community Dialogue?

A deep need persists in the Harvard community and beyond for spaces of trust, curiosity, and low-risk engagement with others on politically divisive issues. As political polarization in the United States continues to deepen in the wake of the 2016 elections, many are wondering how to bridge the growing divides in family, classroom, faith communities and online forums. Dialogue that involves a range of perspectives can seem futile, or worse, can seem to exacerbate divisions.

In the face of these growing challenges, our political dialogue initiative remains committed to convening people with differences and facilitating difficult conversations about issues that cut to the core of identity and belief.

Interested in learning more about Harvard Community Dialogues? Please email Adriel Borshansky.

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