What: Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training WorkshopWhen: Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.Where: AASCU Offices, Washington, DC
Hosts:Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Democracy Project National Manager, AASCUVerdis L. Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment Trainers: John R. Dedrick, Vice President and Program Director, Kettering Foundation Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, Winona State University (Minn.)William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum InstituteJohn J. Theis, Director of the Center For Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (TX) Democratic dialogue and deliberation build civic capacities and consciences to tackle the highly salient and most complex wicked problems facing communities today. It rejects the expert model of technical expertise and specialization towards a truly democratic framework of accessibility and empowerment. The practice of dialogue and deliberation cultivates student abilities necessary to explore enduring and multidisciplinary questions and solve persistent public problems. Thus, the capacities necessary for productive and meaningful dialogue and deliberation—critical thinking, empathic listening, creative problem solving, ethical leadership, collaboration, issue framing—are not only essential for sustaining a vibrant democracy, they are the best preparation for our students/citizens/graduates to be successful in the 21st century. This training will guarantee your eligibility to be a moderator at our 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting's Dialogue and Deliberation Plenary Session: " Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?" on Friday, June 9, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.