Sadly, one thing many people agree on is that no matter which candidate wins the upcoming presidential election, the US is likely to remain deeply divided. Repairing or bridging the deep political and social divisions within society will require leadership, consensus building, and trust.  We at the University of Notre Dame are not immune from the political polarization in our nation. However, we have the benefit of being members of a supportive academic community – one that encourages respect for others’ opinions, promotes critical thinking, and recognizes the struggles of those around us.

In this spirit, Notre Dame is hosting a six-part speaker series ahead of the presidential election on some of the issues that often divide Americans. Our aim is to help people find common ground on these issues through civil discourse and thoughtful conversations. This new series is offered by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the colleges, schools, centers, and institutes across the University.

The schedule is as follows.  Although the original time is late in the UK, the rebroadcast of each is more reasonable.

Beyond Good Manners: Promoting Civil Discussion on Issues that Divide Us
– Live: Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
– Rebroadcast: Thursday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Political Polarization in America
– Live: Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
– Rebroadcast: Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Exploring Racial and Social Injustice and Inequality in America
– Live: Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
– Rebroadcast: Wednesday, October 14 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

The 19th Amendment and the Myth that All Women Vote the Same
– Live: Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
– Rebroadcast: Thursday, October 22 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Civil Dialogue and Free Expression on College Campuses
– Live: Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
– Rebroadcast: Wednesday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

Reclaiming the Middle: Building Consensus in Government
– Live and Rebroadcast: TBD

More details and registration can be found here.


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