Civil Discourse Lecture Series
One critical dimension of the College of Arts and Sciences’ mission and vision is to promote civil discourse through our curricular and co-curricular offerings. Reflective individuals, responsible citizens, and thoughtful professionals committed to the common good must be able to engage with diverse groups of people to discuss significant ideas and issues while standing on a foundation of mutual respect. They must engage, in other words, in civil discourse. We believe strongly that you cannot graduate morally responsible leaders without graduating students who are committed to this in principle and practice. We strive, therefore to reinforce these values and skills in our students and promote them in the larger community.
The Civil Discourse Lecture Series is intended to further this goal. Initiated and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors, this new lecture series is dedicated to the civil discussion of important issues and ideas. Beginning with an inaugural lecture given by Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek and Pulitzer Prize winning author, on February 16, 2010, this is an annual event promoted amongst our students and the public. A prominent national or international individual gives each year a lecture (or engages in a debate) on the topic of civil discourse, or on a specific issue that then serves to model civil discourse. Each event is followed by a question and answer session with the audience.