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"Let's Talk About It" Discussion Series

"Let's Talk About It Discussion" Series


The "Let’s talk about it" Discussion Series is a student-led, student-created and student-oriented program designed to develop proactive, informed and conscientious citizens and future leaders by providing a forum for respectful and substantive discussion of contentious issues relevant in today’s world. The series will exemplify civil discourse within our campus community through organized discussion among student panelists, hosted by ASUCI. The topics selected for panel discussions will be relevant and interesting for students, staff and faculty**. A post-discussion reception will follow each event so participants can delve deeper into the topic, explore communication styles, or simply enjoy good conversation.

**The positions taken by panelists during the discussions do not necessarily reflect their personal viewpoints.

Students attending each event will need to present their UCI Student Net I.d.

2019-2020 

The Great Debates Workshop Series

This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society. Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints. Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively.

Where: The Writing Center, Science Library 193 

When: Thursdays, 5-6:30pm 

Space is limited. RSVP for the workshop below.


2019-20 Schedule

Below are the dates for the workshop series. 

2/6/2020  – “Unruly Rhetoric: Some Problems with Civility in Public Discourse”

Civil discourse is undeniably crucial for democratic deliberation.  But sometimes it fails to give voice to certain lives and experiences.  How can you engage in civil discourse if you can’t get a seat at the table? If your problems are invisible to those in power?  In this workshop, we use examples of social protest at local and national levels to explore the limits of civil discourse and the potential of unruly rhetorics for democratic practice.

Susan Jarratt, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature

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2/27/2020  – “The Power and Limits of Social Media Platforms as Drivers of Debate: ‘Calling Out Cancel Culture’ in Academic Discourse”

In this workshop, we will talk about our own, and Barack Obama’s, ideas about ‘call out culture,’ and we will use these ideas as an entry-point into a larger discussion about differing ways in which we argue about the same controversial topics and values depending on the ‘platform’ through which we enter the debate: social media or academia.Brendan Park, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

Brendan Park, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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4/16/2020  – “From Ear to Open Mind: Rhetorical Listening”

Professor Daniel Gross opens our workshop series by asking us to listen carefully to one another as a way to cultivate good communication skills.This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society.  Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints.  Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively!  

Daniel Gross, Professor of English, Campus Writing and Communication Coordinator, Director of the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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5/28/2020 – “I Respectfully Disagree’: Staying Friends after the Fact”

Arguing is a part of living.  In this workshop, writing and communication specialist Percival Guevarra shows us how arguing with people need not break friendships, but potentially will help forge new relations.This workshop series provides students with a unique opportunity to develop skills and ways of thinking about debate, argument, and persuasion in contemporary society.  Each expert workshop presenter and facilitator focuses on a particular aspect of debate, from effective listening to considering multiple viewpoints.  Join us for an interactive learning experience to help you consider how you might become more persuasive and argue more effectively! 

Percival Guevarra, Writing Specialist, Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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