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Programs and Events

Retaining and Advancing First-Generation Students

A conversation hosted by the Dialogue Zone

Open to all UD students, faculty, and staff

Tuesday March 1, 2022 

12:00-1:00 PM

Roesch Library Room 107

Join us for a conversation about ways of supporting the progress of first-generation students.  Definitions vary between universities on what a first-generation college student is, but the overall theme of a first-generation college student means that they are the first in their family to go on to attend and complete post-secondary education at a four-year college or university after high school. Students from first generation backgrounds are among the least likely to be retained through degree completion; therefore, university retention efforts must consider the needs of these student if more equitable educational attainment rates are desired.

To register for this program, click on this link.

Moving Beyond the Abortion Debate: A Dialogue on Reproductive Justice and the Consistent Ethic of Life

A conversation hosted by the Dialogue Zone

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

12:15-1:15 PM

Torch Lounge in Kennedy Union

As a Catholic-Marianist university, can we talk about reproductive justice in relationship to a consistent ethic of life rooted in Catholic social teaching?  What do these terms even mean, and why do they matter? This dialogue aims to provide an open and inclusive space to address these questions, along with the complex moral, social, economic, and political issues that they raise. More specifically, the dialogue seeks to move beyond the binary that the pro-choice vs. pro-life debate has engendered, enabling students and the broader campus community to explore the full spectrum of issues associated with reproductive justice and a consistent ethic of life. Such dialogue is essential to critical evaluation of our times and practicing the values and skills of community, core elements of our institutional learning goals.

To register for this event, please click on this link.

Dialogue, Power, and Freedom

A workshop hosted by the Dialogue Zone

Open to all UD students, faculty, and staff

Tuesday March 22, 2022 

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Roesch Library Room 107

In this workshop, we will consider how dialogue can serve as a context within which participants can identify and critically examine ideological assumptions that until then might have remained invisible to them.  Taking inspiration from the work of critical scholars Jurgen Habermas, Herbert Marcuse, Anthony Giddens, and others, we will look at how participants in dialogue can create some measure of freedom from the “distortion” of ideological bias through their communication.  Through participation in this workshop, students, faculty, and staff can gain an appreciation for the emancipatory potential of dialogue with respect to the systems of oppression and domination in which we ourselves live.  They also will become familiar with a model that they can take back to the groups and organizations of which they are members as they pursue the formation of more just and equitable communities.

To register for this workshop, click on the following link.

Baha’i Consultation: A Process of Dialogic Inquiry

A workshop hosted by the Dialogue Zone

Open to all UD students, faculty, and staff

Thursday March 31, 2022 

9:30-11:00 AM

Roesch Library Room 107

In this workshop, we will explore a dialogic process of inquiry called consultation.  Consultation serves as the basis for deliberation and decision-making in Baha’i communities around the world, though it is a process that anyone can practice.  Its foundation is developing and upholding unity among participants.  Such unity does not stand in opposition to diversity.  As participants consult, they are encouraged to share their views freely and frankly as the collective body of participants considers the contributions of all.  Diversity is viewed as an essential strength in the process.  Once an idea is shared, it is no longer associated with the individual who expressed it; rather, it becomes a resource on which the group can draw as inquiry continues to unfold.  Participants seek moral principles to apply to the issue under consideration.  A key concern for all participants is justice, not merely for the participants themselves, but for all who might be connected to the issue at hand, inasmuch as the process is premised on the idea that all human beings are part of an organic whole, not unlike the different cells and organs of one body, and that injury to one is injury to all. 

To register for this workshop, click on the following link.

Why Do We Protest?

A conversation hosted by the Dialogue Zone

Monday, April 11, 2022

3:00-4:30pm

Dialogue Zone, Roesch Library Room 107

Why do we protest? Gather for dialogue about the how and the why of social protest. Many might say that social protest is an important part of social change, the struggle for justice and holding governments, corporations and other social forces accountable for their actions. We are interested in hearing about your personal experiences, reactions and feelings in relation to the act of social protest in both a local and global context. Come ready to share your experience freely and frankly and to learn from each other.

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Dialogue and Relationships

A workshop hosted by the Dialogue Zone

Open to all UD students, faculty, and staff

Wednesday April 20, 2022 

2:30-4:00 PM

Roesch Library Room 107

In this workshop, we will explore dialogue as a moment of “genuine meeting” between human beings and thus the basis of real intimacy in relationships.  Dialogue in its ideal form has been described by many authors (e.g., Martin Buber, Abraham Kaplan, Emmanuel Levinas) as encountering another person in a manner that is free from assumptions that one might project onto them.  Inspired by such views, examining dialogue through a more concrete lens, we can understand it as a fundamental process of building relationships, as we create and sustain an edifying connection with another person on their own terms, and they with us on ours.  Participants in this workshop will consider how they can meet others on these terms by becoming more aware of and divesting oneself of assumptions they otherwise might place on them.  They also will develop an appreciation of the role that mutual sharing of stories can play in encountering the other on their own terms and learning from them.

To register for this workshop, click on the following link.

CONTACT

Dialogue Zone

Roesch Library
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1360
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