Difficult Dialogues

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In an effort to model civil discourse for students who grew up in the digital age, GCJD launched a new initiative called Difficult Dialogues. The structured conversation focused on the upcoming election, and provided a safe place for students to explain why they supported their chosen candidate. Despite sweltering temperatures, nearly 200 students, staff and faculty gathered by the CHSS water wall to join the discussion, moderated by Dr. Charles Carlson from the department of Psychology and Philosophy.

“The opportunity to speak with others on high level issues is a great experience” wrote one student on an evaluation. “I liked how both views were presented in a respectful manner” wrote another. SHSU’s Bearkat Democrats and College Republicans, as well as Student Government representatives took the lead at the event, but students from all disciplines had an opportunity to weigh in.  

 The new initiative is a joint project between GCJD, the Center for Community Engagement, and the American Democracy Project. The plan is to host a Difficult Dialogue session each semester. Students will get a chance to weigh in on topics discussed so the conversations reflect issues that are important and relevant to them.


Global Center for Journalism and Democracy
Dan Rather Communications Building, Room 201, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 294-4399