Discussions to advance open communication at USC

As part of our ongoing Culture Journey, all members of the USC community are encouraged to come together to address topics related to our Unifying Values.

Building on the first webinar in the Open Communication Series, which began in February with a conversation with cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, you are invited to participate in virtual events in March and April. These are designed to help faculty and staff engage with one another in ways that are respectful, empowering, and healing.

How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times

March 24, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

A panel discussion with:

  • Mónica Guzmán: author of “I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times” and Digital Director, Braver Angels
  • Kamy Akhavan: Executive Director, USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future
  • Sangita Shresthova: Director of Research, Civic Paths Group at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

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Civil Discourse with Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy

March 30, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

In our polarized society, we don’t have to look far to find examples where disagreement leads to bullying, incivility, and disengagement.

In a partnership between the Culture Journey and USC’s Center for the Political Future, veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Republican strategist Mike Murphy will model our Unifying Value of open communication as they engage in a discussion over the latest political headlines.

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Teaching Controversial Topics with Kamy Akhavan

April 7, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Kamy Akhavan, Executive Director for the USC Dornsife for the Political Future leads a discussion on the challenges of teaching controversial topics, and on how to create a more inclusive learning environment at USC.

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