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Civil Talk: Practicing Civility for Political Conversations

  • Hinckley Institute of Politics 260 South Central Campus Drive, Suite 2018 Salt Lake City United States (map)

Changing minds, swaying votes, and shaping policy can come down to good communication skills. Civil Talk teaches community members how to improve their communications to make a difference on issues they care about—including how to disagree and have civil political conversations; how words, messengers, and advocacy style matter; and how to communicate with elected officials.

In a highly polarized political environment, how can people with differing ideas and ideologies come together to impact the issues? This panel discussion centers around the skills and best practices we can use to bring people together across divides have civil political conversations to tackle difficult issues and use deliberative democracy to mitigate polarization. Following the panel, join us for a workshop to practice these newfound skills in communicating with friends, colleagues, and family.

  • Samantha Ball, PhD, Research Associate, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

  • Rebecca Chavez Houck, MPA, Former Member, Utah House of Representatives (2008 – 2018)

  • Shannon McGregor, Associate Professor, Communications Department

  • Derek Monson, Vice President of Policy, Sutherland Institute

  • Andrea Himoff, Executive Director, Action Utah (moderator)

Pizza & Politics

Free and open to the public

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.