Over the past two years the Department of Political Science, the Hinckley Institute and the College of Social Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah have held a 'Campus Community Dialogue Series'. The purpose of this unique series is to create regular opportunities for interested members of our community to engage in civil and constructive dialogue dedicated to exploring some of the key challenges facing our campus, state, country, and world.
Our primary aim is to create a space for respectful and informed dialogue among differing perspectives dedicated to the pursuit of mutual understanding and the thoughtful consideration of practical solutions to our nation’s domestic and international challenges. Unlike debates in which speakers try to “win” in partisan competitions, the purpose of a public dialogue is to facilitate mutual understanding and a deeper appreciation for the diverse values and perspectives that inform key policy discussions. We believe that the possibilities for stimulating new ideas and increasing mutual trust are more likely to arise under conditions of respectful public dialogue.
We are most interested in the tactics of protest, the boundaries of what we find acceptable or not and why (obviously these change depending on your perspective), the different techniques or venues of protest (virtual, boycotts, in person, nonviolent, etc.). And, specifically, considering it’s a topic for the upcoming mayoral election and was a hot-button issue this past summer, how should movements/groups protest against issues like the Inland Port.
This Fall, our Dialogue is moving 'out' into the Salt Lake Community itself. We have scheduled a dialogue session for Thursday evening, October 24th, at the Salt Lake City Library, on the topic of 'Protest'.
Lieutenant John Beener, Salt Lake City Police Department
Edmund Fong, Associate Professor, Political Science; Director, Ethnic Studies
Josh Kanter, Founder & Board President, Alliance for a Better Utah
Deeda Seed, Senior Campaign Manager, Center for Biological Diversity
Jennifer Napier Pearce, Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune (moderator)
Please note that this event will take place at the Salt Lake City Public Library Downtown— NOT the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
Free and open to the public
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.
Cosponsored by the University of Utah Political Science Department