Answered By: Daniel Becker Last Updated: Apr 17, 2020 Views: 177
The Harvard Kennedy School has collected a list of resources on civil discourse for the HKS community, which includes recordings of HKS events as well as written pieces. It is available on KNet.
Other resources of interest include:
- The Lost Art of Democratic Debate, a TED Talk by political philosopher Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard. (This talk is part of a whole playlist of TED Talks entitled "How to Turn Political Conversation Around.")
- Online Resources for Inclusive Teaching from Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Videos and other multimedia content from the National Institute for Civil Discourse, a non-partisan organization based at the University of Arizona that promotes healthy and civil political debate.
Last but not least, try one of the following e-books, available from Harvard Library:
- A Crisis of Civility? Political Discourse and Its Discontents (2019) is a multidisciplinary collection of articles that look at political discourse and (in)civility through the lenses of political science, communications, psychology, and history. (Harvard Key required)
- Argumentation: The Art of Civil Advocacy (2018) describes "the principles of argumentation as a practical way to engage in interpersonal and public deliberation" and suggests thinking of civil discourse as a form of communication that provides "opportunities for future dialogue." (Harvard Key required)
- Disagreeing Agreeably: Issue Debates with a Primer on Political Disagreement (2019) provides some suggestions on how to "agree to disagree" while still getting to results, using such hot-button examples as tuition-free college, gun control, or the Electoral College. (Harvard Key required)
- Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era (2019) is part memoir, part essay, and a trenchant investigation of the roots of discursive partisanship in the United States by an academic who grew up a conservative Christian in the Midwest and would up teaching at a liberal university on the East Coast. (Harvard Key required)