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Common Theme 2017-18Democratic Dialogue

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Common Theme

The Common Theme is a yearlong program to engage the campus and community in the ideals of a liberal arts education and the UW-Green Bay interdisciplinary mission. It is designed to encourage faculty, staff, students, and community members to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a shared experience with open discussion and critical thinking.

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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.