Truly resolving conflict always requires respectful conversation across differences in perspective, ideology, or identity. Getting to that conversation, however, can require more than words. Protest, civil disobedience, or other means are often necessary to demonstrate to protectors of the status quo that problems cannot be ignored, that communities need to be respected and engaged. Those who seek change have deep distrust of those who have resisted it, and know that dialogue can be just an excuse to delay action. Yet, in the end, dialogue is necessary for change.
Join this panel discussion to explore your own views and the views of those in the fields of deliberative democracy and dialogue. We will focus on dialogue and protest on college campuses and the principles used to guide decision making.