Arena Civil Dialogues

2018/19 Season Schedule

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: No deplorables here; how to understand each other
A dialogue of Trump supporters and opponents.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14: Exploring well-being in a digital world
In the digital age, does constant technology connection undermine our well-being? How can we use technology to improve our overall health? Can we prevent cyberbullying and online hate speech?

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11: What makes a great America?
Who decides what makes America great? What are the alternate views of what makes a great America, at home and in a global sense? Can America still call itself a global leader?

Upcoming Dialogue Starters

Frank Buckley

Annalisa Dias

Michael Kazin

Robert Kuttner

Amitai Etzioni

Eileen J. O'Connor

Lee Liberman Otis

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, starting at 5 p.m. in the Lower Lobby. Due to space limitations, registration is required but attendance is free and open to the public.

Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

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Past Civil Dialogues and Starters