Arena Civil Dialogues

2018/19 Season Schedule

Exelon is the Official Sponsor of the 2018/19 Civil Dialogues Series at Arena Stage.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019Must we be tribal? The role of community in our personal and collective future.
Celebrating Amitai Etzioni at 90.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019:  How democracies are lost—and saved.
Democracies are challenged from Poland to Venezuela; from Israel to the U.S. What undermines them and how can they be shored up?

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019:  Should free speech be denied to hate mongers, cultural appropriators, news fakers and traumatizers?
The first amendment, which in part provides for freedom of speech and of the press, has long been considered the most important of all our rights, however certain voices are causing harm and pain. Should these voices be protected? 

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019:  Reforms or Revolution? 
To achieve a “more perfect union,” will electoral politics do, or do we need more profound social changes?

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019:  No designer babies?
How to deal with the comping bio engineering revolution.

Upcoming Dialogue Starters

Amitai Etzioni

William A. Galston

Xolela Mangcu

Isabel V. Sawhill

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