Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Center for Civil Discourse co-sponsored a discussion on public dialogue featuring Dr. Laura Black, associate professor of communication studies at Ohio University.
Black’s presentation highlighted practices community members use to articulate conflicting values, manage disagreements, and engage the wider community in difficult dialogue. During the presentation, she explained the role of deliberative catalyst, which helps move discourse from public meeting into other community spaces, which offers personal reflections on the challenges at hand, allowing for more engaged communication about contentious issues.
Pictured (left-right) Victoria Vuletich, WMU-Cooley Law School assistant dean and director of the Center for Civil Discourse; Margarita Solis Deal, executive director of the Dominican Center and Center for Civil Discourse steering committee member; Dr. Laura Black, associate professor of communication studies at Ohio University; and Dr. Sandra Borden, WMU professor of communication and director for WMU’s Study of Ethics in Society
“Dr. Black gave a moving and inspiring account of her personal experience in working with the Athens, Ohio, City School Board on a contentious issue, as both an expert and a resident of the city and the emotions involved,” said WMU-Cooley Assistant Dean Victoria Vuletich, who directs the law school’s Center for Civil Discourse. The Feb. 6 presentation was co-sponsored by Western Michigan University’s Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.