In the August newsletter we featured an article by Denise Carl (Coordinator of ASUI Student Engagement and Leadership Programs at U of I) about the new Civil Discourse Forum she is planning for the 2011-2012 academic year. She calls the forums “Campus Conversations,” and she hopes they will help foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the University of Idaho community. Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Center and the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action, Campus Conversations strike a balance between addressing issues as they arise on campus, and mapping out debate around predetermined topics that promise to provide opportunities for civil discourse.
Denise Carl’s first Campus Conversation event was held in April 2011 as a follow-up action to the Finding the Center Human Rights Conference. Read more about that event in her article in our August newsletter.
The first Campus Conversation for the Fall 2011 academic year will be held today, Tuesday, September 6th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the Clearwater Room in the University of Idaho Commons (first floor). Today’s topic is summarized as follows: “How Do You Show Others You Care? At the University of Idaho we take pride in being more than just a university, we consider ourselves members of the Vandal community. Students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to attend a public forum that poses the question, ‘How do you demonstrate compassion within the Vandal community every day; during the good times and the bad times?'”
Campus Conversations will be held the first Tuesday of each month, with a special event on Wednesday, October 19th featuring Dr. Mark Braverman, author of “Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.” For a schedule of future Campus Conversations, see the ASUI Campus Conversations page.