DCP to host “Becoming Weavers in a Divided Nation” with Ohio State President Johnson

In partnership with President Johnson, on Thursday January 21 between 5:15 and 6:30 pm DCP will host “Becoming Weavers in a Divided Nation”, part of President Johnson’s Education for Citizenship dialogue series.  Open to the public, the event will take place on Zoom.  Look for details at this link.

Thursday’s event will be fast paced and feature:

  •  Introductory remarks from President Johnson
  • At least eight quick talks from students, faculty, and staff from across the Ohio State Community, including:
    • Sarah Cole, Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Norman Jones, dean and director, Ohio State Mansfield
    • Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, associate vice provost for diversity and inclusion
    • Teri Murphy, co-director of Conflict to Peace Lab, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
    • Gene Smith, senior vice president and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
    • Lena Tenney, diversity, equity and inclusion officer, College of Pharmacy
  • Inspirational comments from, David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist, and founder of the Aspen Institute’s “Weave the Social Fabric Project.”

President Johnson announced the details of her event in her January 14 message to the Ohio State Community.  We’ve copied excerpts of her message below:

Our “Education for Citizenship Discussion Series,” organized by deans, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other university leaders, kicked off last night, and I was pleased to join hundreds in a virtual discussion about fostering deliberative democracy in this era of political polarization.

The Divided Community Project has planned the next event, “Becoming Weavers in a Divided Nation,” which is scheduled for 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21.

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Subsequent discussions are planned for January 28 and February 4. We will hold additional conversations in the coming weeks. Details are available on the Education for Citizenship Initiative website along with resources for respectful and productive dialogue.

Fostering civil discourse – even, and perhaps especially – among those who strongly disagree, is a hallmark of what we do as an institution of higher learning. 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and legacy we will celebrate on Monday, said: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” This is indeed a dark time for our nation, but it is also a time for us to look for those bright points in the form of opportunities to come together in peace. Please listen to one another, especially when you disagree. Stand up for what you believe, but do not engage in violence. Check in on each other and offer support to those who need it. Be kind and be safe, Buckeyes.