“Last night I conducted a spirited Civil Dialogue for a very diverse group of 20 intercultural graduate students at Cambridge. It was an exciting event as many of them asked "How can I take Civil Dialogue to my country or other places like Africa, Italy, and Japan?"
The professor, Guido Rings, proved to be a great connection as he studies transmigration issues and his upcoming book includes a chapter on Chicano/US issues from Mexico.
I lectured for about 40 minutes on civil communication and then we had one round of CD on the topic "For security reasons, the UK should halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in our country." Given the close proximity to Paris and the experiences the UK suffered with terrorism from the IRA a decade ago, the audience was very responsive.
I'm happy to have facilitated our first international Civil Dialogue.”
Clark Olson, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University. He co-taught a graduate methods module on facilitating Civil Dialogue with Linde and Genette in fall, 2010. In addition to facilitating Civil Dialogue events in public venues, he has introduced Civil Dialogue as an alternative to traditional debate in his argumentation classes at ASU.