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Finding Common Ground through Civil Conversation and Honest Dialogue
You don’t have to look far to discover evidence of a society at odds. Events over the past few years have sparked uncomfortable or even heated discussions for many of us with friends, family and loved ones. In this time of strong beliefs and critical outcomes, it is more important than ever to foster skills for communicating effectively and respectfully with one another.

Learn more about how Marquette is doing so through its newly created Civic Dialogues program and how you can practice civil conversation and honest dialogue. Civic Dialogues is supported by an Advisory Council of donors to the program, including Scott Kilrea, CM CARES; the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation, the Ansay family, John Miller and others who have committed to help Marquette University be a leader in this area. Join Dr. Amber Wichowsky, associate professor of political science and director of the Civic Dialogues program and the Marquette Democracy Lab to explore research, tips and strategies you can employ for engaging in deliberative and honest exchanges of ideas around important topics.

Jan 27, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Amber Wichowsky
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Marquette Democracy Lab @Marquette University
Amber Wichowsky is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Marquette Democracy Lab. Her research explores the intersections between politics and inequality, including class biases in turnout, money in electoral campaigns, and how public policy affects societal inequalities. She is also an occasional source for media coverage of electoral politics, including CNN, NPR, Fox News and several local news outlets. Her book, The Economic Other: Inequality in the American Political Imagination (joint with Meghan Condon, Loyola University Chicago) examines how Americans use social comparisons to make sense of income inequality and how such frames of reference affect attitudes about redistribution and feelings of political power (University of Chicago Press 2020). Amber received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s Center for the Study of American Politics.
Savannah Charles, Arts '21
Graduate Student and Research Assistant @Marquette University
Savannah Charles graduated from Marquette University in May 2021 with a Comprehensive Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology and Law Studies. Currently, Savannah is pursuing a Master's in Political Science at Marquette and works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Marquette Civic Dialogues Program.
Shir Bloch
Arts and Sciences Student @Marquette University
Shir Bloch is a junior studying Political Science, Applied Mathematical Economics, and Philosophy. Driven by a commitment to creating a more communicative and politically healthy society, she has explored deliberative democracy in the classroom through an MU4Gold research project with Dr. Amber Wichowsky and is furthering her commitment to the world of politics through a semester in D.C. with the Les Aspin Center.