Doyle Symposium 2017

Dialogue for Engaging Across Difference

As President DeGioia reminded us in a message to the Georgetown community on November 29, 2016, as an institution and as a community, “we will continue to engage in constructive dialogue, maintain our commitment to freedom of speech, and hold each other to the very highest standards of civility and respect.” These commitments may sound different than they did prior to the 2016 election. What does engagement look like when we may find it challenging to recognize the viewpoints of those with whom we disagree; difficult to seek connections where few or none may appear to exist; and nearly impossible to reach greater understanding across differences of opinion, perspective, and identity?

How do we build common ground amid increased polarization? How can we learn to hold constructive dialogue with those whose experiences, identities, and perspectives are not only different from but seem to challenge or threaten our own? This year’s Doyle Engaging Difference Symposium explored the challenges of fortifying democracy and flourishing amid the turbulence created by the 2016 election. The symposium brought together a diverse panel of thought leaders to discuss this timely issue, followed by an audience discussion to continue the conversation. Featured Panelists: Rev. Jim Wallis, Dr. Elham Atashi, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Enushe Khan (MSB ‘17).


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