May 3, 2019

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The closing workshop in the Civil Dialogues Series was a lunch and learn on civil discourse and was facilitated by Caroline Hopper, Associate Director for the Citizenship and American Identity Program at the Aspen Institute. The preceding workshops had shown what civil dialogue looks like in action from the perspectives of practitioners. This lunch and learn was designed to discuss these and other best practices with the hopes of equipping students with the tools to navigate through polarizing conversations. There is no one-size-fits-all method to understanding the concept and practice of civil discourse. If society hopes to address the complex problems of today, it is best to approach these conversations with an intention to learn rather than to convince.

Lunch was provided. This program was open to NYU DC Students and NYU DC Staff only. Please note that this event may have been filmed or photographed.

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Caroline Hopper

Caroline Hopper

As the Associate Director for the Citizenship and American Identity Program, Caroline Hopper manages initiatives focused on the challenge of sustaining strong citizenship in America and coherent national identity in an age of demographic flux and severe inequality. Caroline joined the Aspen Institute in 2014, and brings experience and passion for advancing human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world.


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.