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PCD Sessions: Apology 101

, Virtual Meeting Room

Updated 11/10

I’m sorry if anyone might have been offended by my choice of words. 

To the extent my actions caused pain to anyone, I regret it.

What I did was wrong.

 We see apologies consistently in the news and social media as well as our own lives. But what really determines a REAL apology? Is simply saying sorry and acknowledging your actions enough? Or is there more that needs to be done?

This conversation will examine why people apologize, as well as what reasons they may have for doing so. It will also explore what constitutes a genuine apology, and what people need to do to truly make up for their past mistake. This module uses several current examples from prominent figures in American culture to investigate the elements of authentic apologies.


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School of Public Affairs, Project on Civil Discourse
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