Harvard symposium aims to restore civil discourse on campus

Mon, 2018-02-05

Undergraduate students representing 29 colleges and universities from across the country gathered at Harvard’s Institute of Politics over the weekend to discuss how to better facilitate civil discourse on campus.

Unlike the stereotype of “campus snowflakes,” these students showed up with a genuine desire to find common ground and advance the political dialogue on their campuses.

The symposium — the National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement — took place from Feb. 2-4 and included panels such as "Fixing Politics in an Era of Partisanship and Distrust," "Civil Discourse: Resisting Division, Creating Dialogue," and "Learning How to Be Loyal Antagonists."

Panels were comprised of 2018 IOP Spring Resident Fellows such as former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, CNN commentator Symone Sanders, former Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges, CNN commentator Scott Jennings, and Fox News contributor Guy Benson.