Civil Discourse Project

Civil Discourse Project

Building on our Shared Values to encourage open-minded exploration at a university where all individuals feel valued and supported. 

The Civil Discourse Project brings together expert resources from across the university to provide Ohio State's students, faculty and staff with opportunities to learn about civil discourse and practice skills to engage with different views and opinions they encounter.

Building on the platform of Ohio State's Shared Values, the purpose of the project is to integrate civil discourse into a distinctive Ohio State experience. The project weaves together concepts for discourse across differences, including:

  • Encouraging open-minded exploration, risk-taking, and freedom of expression
  • Building trust through honesty, transparency and authentic engagement
  • Putting people at the center of all that we do


Ways for Students to Get Involved

Ways for Faculty and Staff to Get Involved

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Combining understanding with skill building, the Civil Discourse Project promotes a wide range of events that offer engaging opportunities for the entire campus community. It will bring together existing courses, programs, events and workshops initiated by both academic and administrative units and serve as a launch pad for new opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with each other actively across differences.

Date and Time Title Event type Audience
Friday, February 2, 2024
11:15 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
Do Prisons Make Us Safe?

Location TBD

University Community
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Angus Fletcher, professor and “story scientist” in the Department of English.

2023 Education for Citizenship Address

The 2023 Education for Citizenship Address featured faculty speaker Angus Fletcher, a professor and “story scientist” in the Department of English. Dr. Fletcher is actively involved with Ohio State’s Project Narrative podcast, a leading academic think tank for the study of how stories work.

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Previous events


Three CEHV Civil Discourse Fellows Moderate Lantern Debate on Ohio Issues 1 and 2

CEHV Civil Discourse Fellows Mohamed Manaa, Elyse Reed, and Jacob Scheinblum served as moderators for the recent political debate on Ohio Issues 1 and 2, organized by Christian Harsa and Josie Stewart at The Lantern. More than 100 students attended the event, and CEHV was proud to serve as a co-sponsor.

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Project Partners

The Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) is Ohio State's hub for respectful discussion and interdisciplinary engagement on the ethical challenges that shape our communities, and for ongoing reflection on the university’s Shared Values. Its "Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society” (COMPAS) program and civil discourse initiative promote informed and respectful discussion built on the “4 Cs”: Be Curious, Be Charitable, Be Conscientious, and Be Constructive.

The Ohio State Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability (IDEA) aims to further the mission of a great land grant university. It seeks to mobilize the resources of the academy to serve the public good in our local, state, national, and international communities. It focuses on three related areas: generating and disseminating knowledge about American political institutions, with a special emphasis on elections; studying and fostering high-quality political dialogue and deliberation; and furthering the university’s mission announced in its motto: "education for citizenship.”

The Divided Community Project was developed by persons and institutions committed to the belief that dispute resolution practitioners, policymakers and scholars can make a tangible, constructive contribution to helping leaders and citizens in communities seared by tensions, unrest, and civil discord … to strengthen and expand their capacity and resiliency meet these challenges.