Over the last several decades, support for democracy has declined as polarization divides our society and its political institutions. Healing the divide begins with civil discussion, but why is it so hard to listen, discuss, and debate respectfully with those we disagree with?
Carolyn Long has both professional and personal experience bridging America’s divides. In addition to being a political science professor and a former candidate for the US House of Representatives, she is married to a man on the opposite side of the political spectrum. “I reach across the aisle every time I ask my husband to pass the salt,” Long told a Seattle newspaper.
Join Long to discuss how people can reengage with each other and strengthen our democracy. Based on Long’s experiences convening civil discussion groups, audiences will discover the solutions to our tense national moment that lie locally. Long shows us how to move forward by bringing together truly diverse groups of committed citizens to discuss issues and challenges, identifying the values we share rather than the positions that divide us.
This talk is presented in partnership with The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, which educates citizens across the state about democratic institutions and public affairs, and is based at Washington State University. For more information, visit The Foley Institute’s website.
Carolyn N. Long is an associate professor of political science at Washington State University Vancouver and the director of the Initiative for Public Deliberation. Her research interests focus on American institutions, public law, American public policy, and public civility. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and the author of several books. She was a candidate for the US House of Representatives in 2018, running for Washington State’s Third Congressional District.
Long lives in Vancouver.
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