The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with Richard Lorenc and Colin Caldarera to host a dinner round table on the topic of civil discourse for fourteen guests in their personal and professional circles. The gathering - made up of non-profit staff, teachers, bartenders, lawyers, and artists - focused on the concept of civility and why it matters.
Drawing from recent perspectives on the "crisis" of civility in America and the need for defiance in the face of injustice, guests explored the complexities surrounding public discourse. Is there a tension between civility and standing up to gross injustice? Can calls for civility actually undermine minority opinions?
Led by Professor Brandon Turner of Clemson University, the conversation also touched on the role that civil discussion plays in our ability to engage in local and national conversations about what is best for our communities. Participants dove into what conditions encourage peaceful co-existence while protecting ideological diversity.
6:00 PM – Opening Reception
6:30 PM – Welcome, introductions, and dinner
7:00 PM – Opening comments by leader
7:15 PM – Discussion
8:45 PM – Closing