Watch Civility & Democracy online this weekend


See our lead up posts to C&D, including a handful where our participants answer a question about that week’s news.

A roiling national conversation about inflamed political discourse and bitter partisanship reached a fever pitch in the aftermath of the January Tucson shooting rampage.

Since then a series of conversations on the topic have taken place across the country under the aegis of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Those conversations – which engage scholars, opinion-makers, political activists and ordinary citizens – will culminate Saturday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia with a program titled “Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America.”

Participants from across the country – including filmmaker Ken Burns – will gather at the Center to address the question: How can we establish civic dialogue that simultaneously produces the agreement necessary to advance the common good and respects the voices of protest that often contribute to social progress?

Please visit the “Can We Talk?” website for more information.




  1. John Lewis says

    Civil discourse will require a new language that describes the types of reasons used in our explanations. It will require new visualization tools for our thought process to have a visual debate. These tools are described in the new book: The Explanation Age.