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Connections – Summer 2004: Institutions, Professions & the Public

Connections is a yearly (previously biannual) periodical published by the Kettering Foundation featuring articles devoted to a theme. Each issue of the foundation’s annual newsletter focuses on a particular area of Kettering’s research and contains articles, feature stories, and book reviews relevant to the foundation’s work. Editing responsibilities for Connections rotate among Kettering program staff. The Summer 2004 edition shares research related to the “relationship between the public and America’s colleges and universities“. Below is an excerpt from the introduction… The focus in this issue of Connections is on […] (continue)

University of California at Davis Public Policy Institute and University of California Cooperative Extension — A Public Service Partnership (NIF Report)

This 2001 report by Carole A. Paterson, Community and 4-H Youth Development Advisor  – UC Cooperative Extension, examines the activities and sustained relationship between the University of California, UC Davis, Cooperative Extension and the Public Policy Institute established there.  See the NIF website for more details.  From the report… Additionally some startling statistics surfaced in a community in close proximity to the university campus that revealed local teen pregnancy rates were some of the highest in the state. One zip code area in this community of 115,000 was […] (continue)

Five Assumptions Academics Make About Public Deliberation, And Why They Deserve Rethinking

This 2011 article by NCDD member Caroline W. Lee of Lafayette College was published in Volume 7 of the Journal of Public Deliberation. A free download of the article is available at http://services.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1137&context=jpd. Abstract: Academic research on public dialogue and deliberation is abundant and sophisticated. This body of multi-disciplinary scholarship draws on the insights of political theory and case studies, such that much is known about the promise and practical nuances of designing engagement processes with authentically deliberative outcomes. The socio-historical and institutional contexts in which public […] (continue)

Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice

This article (co-authored by NCDD member Ximena Zúñiga, Gretchen E. Lopez & Kristie A. Ford) appears in a special issue of the education journal Equity & Excellence in Education — co-edited by higher education faculty, program developers and practitioners – which includes research and practice examples from higher education, school, and community settings and focuses on intergroup dialogue as form of social justice education. All the articles cover program and social science studies from varied institutional and geographic locations, and capture experiences and reflections of facilitators, students, and diverse […] (continue)

Resolving Community Conflicts and Problems: Public Deliberation and Sustained Dialogue

This 2011 book, edited by Roger A. Lohmann and Jon Van Til, focuses on how public deliberation and group discussion can strengthen the foundations of civil society, even when the groups engaged in debate share a history of animosity. Scholars have begun to study the dialogue sustaining these conversations, especially its power to unite and divide groups and individuals. The twenty-four essays in this collection analyze public exchanges and the nature of sustained dialogue within the context of race relations, social justice, ethnic conflicts, public-safety […] (continue)

Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)

The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary research center that advances both theory and practice in the fields of conflict and collaboration (see: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/parcc.aspx). (continue)

Center for Civil Discourse at UMass Boston

The Center for Civil Discourse is organized around the central principle that open, fair and truthful debate, characterized by respect for opposing viewpoints is essential to a healthy democracy. The Center’s mission is to advance the values of respectful discourse and to call on Americans to embrace civility and reject demagoguery in government, media and our personal lives. Founded in 2011 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center is is affiliated with the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and […] (continue)


Check out the new DemocracyU website, the internet home to the American Commonwealth Partnership. The website highlights the inspiring work that engaged students are achieving at universities, colleges and communities across the country. The site will include students’ personal stories of off-campus activities as well as discussion and debate on the evolving role of university and college students in engaging in public work that benefits society. (continue)

UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies

The 28 page UNCG Guide to Collaborative Competencies is intended primarily for use by public officials and managers who are seeking to improve their own or their staff's collaborative competence through continuing education and training. (continue)

Inviting Dialogue: Renewing the Deep Purposes of Higher Education

Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities published a document in 2011 called “Inviting Dialogue: Renewing the Deep Purposes of Higher Education,” which recounts the growth of the Difficult Dialogues project at Clark, and offers a number of resources for further exploration of the work of dialogue. With stories from students, faculty, and administrators, this serves as a multi-layered inspritation for how dialogue might serve any college campus. From the intro… The work of the Difficult Dialogues initiative at Clark began when we responded to the […] (continue)