April 27, 2019

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The fourth workshop in the Civil Dialogues Series took place at Busboys & Poets featuring a discussion with its Founder, Andy Shallal, and a brunch. This workshop in particular was a collaborative effort between both past and current DC Dialogues Executive Board members. It was designed to help students develop a better understanding of how entrepreneurship encourages social progress and access to greater opportunities. Politicians are the backbone of the government, and businesses are the backbone of the economy. Therefore, it’s critical to examine changes in business in addition to changes in politics. In this time of societal uncertainty, it’s important to listen to the conversation between society and the market.  

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Andy Shallal

Andy Shallal

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Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was founded by owner Andy Shallal, an artist, activist and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents and progressive community embraced Busboys, particularly activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in seven distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.

Why the name?

The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet.


The DC Dialogues Executive Board Civil Dialogues Series consists of a workshop lineup inspired by issues and ideas from the NYU DC Student community. One of the most important democratic issues of today is how people communicate with one another. Citizens gathering, listening to each other and deciding a way forward together is the bedrock of American democracy. Reflecting on this past, how do people engage one another in civil and constructive dialogue to help bridge ideological divides? With the hopes of addressing division within communities, individuals must listen to and learn from each other.