NYU in Dialogue is a new series of events designed to grow our capacity to listen, to learn, to value different perspectives, and to flourish. The series brings together great minds from across our University and guests from around the world for events, workshops, and performances that will stimulate thoughtful conversations about the pressing issues of the day. NYU in Dialogue launches this spring with a lineup of renowned speakers and new opportunities for our community to practice the skills needed to bridge divides and move the world forward.

This new initiative reaffirms an old NYU principle: that engagement and collaboration are the best ways forward — a time-honored theory reflected in our unmatched global network, our energizing campus without walls, and our groundbreaking research.
 

SPEAKERS

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EBOO PATEL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2024, 5:30 P.M.
Founder of Interfaith America Eboo Patel helmed this year’s Fritzi Weitzmann Owens Memorial Lecture with a talk titled “Could a Potluck Dinner Save Our Democracy?” Read a recap of Mr. Patel's lecture.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024, 10:00 A.M.
Following his public lecture, Mr. Patel led a conversation with senior leadership and invited guests titled “The Promise of Pluralism in a Time of Prejudice and Polarization.”

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RANDALL KENNEDY AND
SAMUEL ISSACHAROFF 

TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2024, 6:00 P.M.
A conversation about “Academic Freedom: Contemporary Dilemmas” with Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Samuel Issacharoff, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU Law. Watch a recording of the event with professors Kennedy and Issacharoff.

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ELISABETH KING, MICHAEL POSNER, CYRUS SAMII, JOSHUA TUCKER, AND J. SIGURU WAHUTU

TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2024, 6:00 P.M.
“Talking Peace” — a conversation featuring Elisabeth King, Professor of International Education and Politics at NYU Steinhardt, Michael Posner, Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance at NYU Stern, Cyrus Samii, Associate Professor of Politics at NYU CAS, Joshua Tucker, Professor of Politics at NYU Arts & Science and Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, and j. Siguru Wahutu, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt. Watch a recording of the conversation with professors King, Posner, Samii, Tucker, and Wahutu.

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DAVID GREENE, CHRISTOPHER NORRIS, AND GUESTS

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2024, 6:00 P.M.
David Greene — host of the Left, Right & Center podcast and show on NPR stations nationwide — and StoryCorps’ Christopher Norris welcome special guests to the NYU Skirball stage for a stimulating conversation across the aisle.

Joined by Amina Amdeen — whose 2016 election story has moved millions of people worldwide — the group offers a glimpse into productive political dialogue between family members who support opposing candidates, a discussion that is much more than red versus blue or Trump versus Biden. Watch a recording of the event featuring Mr. Greene, Mr. Norris, and guests.

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WENDY SUZUKI

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024, 2:30 P.M.
NYU Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Dean of the College of Arts & Science Wendy Suzuki continues on her mission to reframe “the most misunderstood emotion” with a talk titled “Anxiety as a Superpower!” — also the topic of her latest book, Good Anxiety. Watch a recording of the event.

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JONATHAN HAIDT

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024, 6:00 P.M.
Don’t miss “the anxious generation on The Anxious Generation” — a conversation that brings together on stage Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU Stern Jonathan Haidt with students in the generation that is the main subject of Professor Haidt’s latest book. Registration is now closed for this event because all seats have been claimed. Watch the live stream via Zoom Webinar.

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DOLLY CHUGH AND MÓNICA GUZMÁN 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2024, 11:30 A.M.
A virtual fireside chat on curiosity and connections with Dolly Chugh, Jacob. B. Melnick Term Professor at NYU Stern, and Mónica Guzmán, award-winning author of I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times, Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels, and McGurn Fellow at the University of Florida. Get instructions to join this special virtual event.

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DAVID GREENE
AND SHANKAR VEDANTAM

MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024, 6:30 P.M.
David Greene, host of the national radio program Left, Right & Center, and NPR’s Shankar Vedantam, host and creator of the Hidden Brain podcast, join forces on our stage in Downtown Brooklyn to discuss the art and the science of difficult conversations from differing perspectives. RSVP to join Mr. Greene and Mr. Vedantam at NYU's campus in Brooklyn.

 

WORKSHOPS

STORIES

Think Potluck, Not 'Melting Pot’
A recap of the Feb. 29 lecture by Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith America

Higher Ed Today: Balancing Expression and Conflict
A recap of the Mar. 5 conversation between professors Samuel Issacharoff (NYU Law) and Randall Kennedy (Harvard Law)

Navigating Conflict and Peace—Abroad and In the Classroom
A recap of the Mar. 12 panel moderated by Prof. Elisabeth King, titled "Talking Peace"

Less Dread, More Curiosity
A recap of the Mar. 25 event featuring David Greene, Christopher Norris, and special guests

UP NEXT

NYU faculty and staff gather around the dinner table at an event hosted by Law School Dean Troy A. McKenzie.

Bringing Faculty and Staff Around the Table

NYU faculty and staff will again be invited to participate in a reprise of the popular Around the Table dinners that took place on the eve of President Mills' inauguration. The dinners are hosted by colleagues across the University and pair faculty and staff at random to foster new connections and conversations on our campus. More details will be sent to current faculty and staff via email later in the spring semester.

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Co-Curricular Programs in Development

A partnership with the Constructive Dialogue Institute will bring research-backed learning programs to NYU resident assistants (RAs) in the spring of 2024. The following fall semester, all NYU students living in a residence hall will participate in an expanded program — developed in partnership with CDI — to help them build, practice, and hone the skills they need to engage across differences with respect and curiosity.

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Student-Led Efforts to Promote Dialogue

Several student leaders with deep experience promoting dialogue have volunteered to pilot their ideas and frameworks on campus, in close partnership with faculty and staff. Leveraging diverse experiences and perspectives, these student-led efforts are being tested in small groups in the spring of 2024.