To promote open and civil discussions on academic freedom and other important topics, the University of California Irvine is engaging in a community conversation about difficult dialogues.
Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to share their personal experience with having a difficult dialogue. Topics can range from culture, religion, science, gender to politics, and could be an exchange that occurred between peers, family, teachers, mentors, friends or strangers.
We hope that by hearing just how personal a political, cultural, religious or science dialogue is for each of us, then we can more deeply understand the need for civility and respect in all our dialogues.
The Ford Foundation has selected the University of California, Irvine as one of 27 higher education institutions to receive a grant to support projects that promote academic freedom and constructive dialogue on university campuses. As part this project, these individual voices will be heard on KUCI weekdays at 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. in an effort to foster understanding and civic exchange.
As a top tier research university, UC Irvine is dedicated to maintaining a challenging academic environment and a safe space for constructive dialogue. With such a diverse campus population, the UC Irvine community is vibrant with conflicting ideas. As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to create open space where ideas are respected.
If you would like to share A Difficult Dialogue on the air with KUCI, please email Lantonio@uci.edu to schedule an appointment.