This October, seven IPCR graduate students attended the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation’s (NCDD) biannual conference in Austin, Texas. Through workshops, panel discussions, media presentations, and networking opportunities, we each gained a broader perspective on the dialogue and deliberation (D&D) field. Here are some highlights.
Csilla Horvath: Exposure to the diverse applications of dialogue confirmed for me the relevance and importance of this method for my future professional endeavors in the field of international conflict resolution. I particularly appreciated the opportunity to learn about U.S. history and reconciliation efforts.
Kelsey Visser: Nina Talley-Kalokoh, Sarah Beller, and I co-facilitated a workshop exploring individuals’ spiritual and moral motivations to practice dialogue. The incredible experience of planning and facilitating a dialogue at a national conference, paired with the memory of each participant’s meaningful contribution, is something I will take with me.
Elli Nagai-Rothe: I felt an immediate sense of community and connection with conference participants—how wonderful to know that there are like-minded people committed to dialogue as a tool for social change and peace! I plan to apply my learning directly to the growth of AU’s Dialogue Development Group (DDG).
Lynn Izakowitz: For me, dialogue is a truly whole heart and mind experience, and this conviction was enriched during this conference. These three days in Austin allowed me to learn about innovative practices in this field, the need for dialogue facilitators, and tips to improve my DDG facilitation.
Nina Talley-Kalokoh: Meeting other young people from around the country who are applying dialogue in innovative and energetic ways was a highlight. Because of the generous scholarship opportunity from IPCR and NCDD, we were able to attend and participate in this amazing conference on dialogue and deliberation, and for that we are truly grateful.