Arena Civil Dialogues

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Monday, September 16, 2019
Is China out to eat our lunch?
Does China pose a major threat to the United States, or might it become a major regional partner?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
What is wrong with nationalism?
Some see nationalism as leading to aggressive foreign policy; others see it as love of country — as patriotism. Still, others call for leaving it behind to build a global community. What say you?

Monday, October 21, 2019
Have we privatized too much?
We have more private cops than police, profit-making prisons, etc. Is it time to reverse the trend?

Monday, November 18, 2019
Environment/Climate: techo optimists meet techo pessimists.
Are new technologies part of the solution or the problem?

Monday, January 27, 2020
Liberals meet conservatives, Dems meet GOP
Are there common grounds and new ways to work together?

Upcoming Dialogue Starters

Professor Warren Cohen

Amitai Etzioni

Dr. Thomas X. Hammes

Professor Jim Millward

Professor Casimir Yost

Enlightening Conversations that Will Explore Social and Political Topics that Affect Us Today

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host additional community conversations as a part of the Arena Civil Dialogues series. The conversations seek to provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, D.C., community to engage in civil discourse about social and political issues, and will demonstrate — with the goal — that people of diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another. Each Arena Civil Dialogue will feature prominent Dialogue Starters, and will be moderated by Amitai Etzioni, a University Professor at The George Washington University and author. The conversations will be dedicated to discussion among participants about topics related to current events.

Molly Smith Study | 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

There will be a reception before each discussion, at 5 p.m. in the Lower Lobby. Registration is required but attendance is free and open to the public.

Past Civil Dialogues and Starters