This week, Chautauqua Institution is hosting the president and vice president of Claremont Lincoln University to continue a discussion the latter sparked last year about civil dialogue.
Claremont Lincoln President Eileen Aranda and Vice President for Creative Learning and Innovation David Carter will lead a workshop for up to 500 Chautauquans at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 in Smith Wilkes Hall on the subject of civil dialogue. On Sunday, Aranda and Carter led what Emily Morris, Chautauqua’s vice president of marketing and communications and chief brand officer, called a “train the trainer” session, in which they instructed Chautauqua staff members on how to lead similar workshops.
Last season, Carter delivered a lecture at Chautauqua about the importance of fostering civil dialogue. Morris said while the community response was generally positive, the lecture left people wondering, “What’s next?”
Before Carter’s 2017 lecture, Chautauqua President Michael E. Hill referred to himself as the “guy that just keeps saying these three words,” which were “muscular civil dialogue.” Carter then discussed how Chautauquans could engage in those three words.
Carter stressed these ideas: mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration and change. He urged listeners to “embrace” the last element.
“That’s how we create change in society. That’s my call for you today — to help continue to create change in society by engaging in muscular civil dialogue.”
-David Carter, Vice President of Creative Learning and Innovation, Claremont Lincoln University
Due to the success of Carter’s lecture last year, Morris said the Institution wanted him to “engage with our community in more of a workshop setting” this summer. The workshop, which Carter will lead with Aranda, will delve into the importance of “muscular civil dialogue” and what that idea entails.
For those who can’t participate this week, Chautauqua staff will be offering the workshop originally led by Carter at several points during Weeks Four-Eight.
Morris said she hopes the workshop will help Chautauqua visitors “advance their understanding and awareness, and hopefully be able to share that knowledge as they leave Chautauqua and return to their home communities.”