Common Theme Overview
In a time of deep partisan and other divides, universities have a special role in staging conversations about the most pressing and controversial topics. We want to explore these topics, with attention to protecting free speech and academic freedom, but also supportive and civil discourse. Along with faculty with research interests in democratic theory and practice, we also would engage faculty who work on diversity and inequality, democracy, social capital, and dialogue. The controversies that we face today involve a wide range of topics, from social policy to racial justice to environmental crisis to religion. Aspects of this theme should be engaging for all members of the campus community.