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Debating the Debates: Research Project Studies Civility in Presidential Election

ICDD Assistant Director Tim Shaffer is offering students an opportunity to weigh in on the conduct of the presidential debates in a survey project with the National Institute for Civil Discourse.  Surveys are being administered at each of the campus Debate Watch events, the final of which occurs this Wednesday, October 18 at 8:00pm in Leadership Studies Building, Room 127. Read more here

Agreeing to Disagree | A Look at Civility in Political Discussion

ICDD Project Coordinator Donna Schenck-Hamlin was interviewed for a K-State video on civility by Matthew Blomberg, News Specialist at the Division of Communications and Marketing. "Agreeing to Disagree" examines what civility means in the context of political discourse, and offers some tips for successfully talking, even with disagreement, about current issues. Read more here.

University Partnership Leads to Community Conversation

The Cats for Inclusion campaign, supported through the Staley School of Leadership Studies and the Kansas State University Black Student Union have formed a partnership to develop a public discussion and civic leadership training series. The first of three community conversations took place on September 3rd, with two more scheduled for October 2nd and 27th. Read more here.

Discussion Time is Here

Referencing an article that encouraged farmers to participate in discussions, Kansas State University professor Timothy Shaffer encouraged K-State Polytechnic students to consider the role public discussions have had in addressing public problems.  He spoke at the monthly civic luncheon forum that is open to the public. Read more here.

Voter Readiness

During this election season, ICDD is working with local campus and community organizations to increase voter registration and public discussion of critical issues. Riley County Young Voters, the League of Women Voters, K-State's Student Governing Organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Movies on the Grass, and Alpha Phi Alpha are some of the non-partisan organizations  supporting voter education.  Watch for activities related to the vote on our Events calendar

Water Issue Framing - Kettering Foundation, Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education (KACEE)

Development of issue guides following the choice-work of National Issues Forum processes involves focus groups and interviews with subject experts as well as laypersons. ICDD is assisting members of KACEE as part of a national initiative by the Kettering Foundation to explore the value systems foundational to public discussion on a range of water policy issues.  If you are interested in water focus groups and public forums planned through this year, email Donna Schenck-Hamlin.