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Whitworth University Presents the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse: “Can we disagree without being disagreeable?”

January 24, 2018
Whitworth University, in an effort to elevate constructive dialogue and healthy discourse on issues that divide us, will host the second discussion included in the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse, “Can we disagree without being disagreeable?” on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel.

Faculty from Whitworth’s philosophy, English and psychology departments will provide the community with a set of tools and techniques conducive to constructive discussions. Speakers will explore important issues like tolerance and show the community how intellectual virtues like humility, open-mindedness and charity can prevent unhealthy interactions.

“I’m so pleased with the ways our campus and community have responded to this series on civil discourse,” said Beck A. Taylor, Whitworth’s president and host of the colloquy. “So many people have confirmed to me how important it is that we chase these issues and equip ourselves and community with the resources that can elevate constructive dialogue, particularly on issues that divide Americans.”

In the third session, scheduled for April 16, Whitworth communication studies, political science and theology professors will tackle the difficult question, “How free should free speech be?” The techniques learned in the first discussion, “Can we still speak the truth in love?” and from this second discussion, will be used to examine free speech. The community will be shown how to effectively challenge an opposing argument, with patience, understanding and with Christian commitment in their hearts.  Admission to the discussions is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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