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About Meaningful Conversations

We at the Center for Civic Participation at Portland Community College (CCP@PCC) are continuing our series of conversations dedicated to current topics of concern that affect the college and our local communities.  Our next installment of the "Meaningful Conversations" series will be held on Friday, November 4th from 10am-noon at the Rock Creek Campus

The topic for our November conversation will be "Politics in the Classroom" where we will collaboratively evaluate the philosophical/practical issues pertaining to this topic.  Some of the questions we will discuss include the following: 

  • How should we recognize our own personal biases when discussing politics in the classroom?  
  • What are appropriate responses to students who make controversial political statements during a conversation in the classroom? 
  • Is the classroom an inherently political space?
  • Is academic freedom at issue when we censor our own political views during discussions of elections between politically charged candidates or ballot measure debates that might create divisiveness in the classroom?

The CCP's "Meaningful Conversations" series has an informal, discussion-based format where we strive to create a place for open and honest dialogues that challenge participants to think about and reflect on difficult topics.  The CCP@PCC is part of a broad movement to create alternatives to polarized, adversarial, and polemical conversations. We NEED all points of view brought to the table, but expressed within a structure that helps people listen and learn across their many differences.  We hope that you will join us for an upcoming conversation and please feel free to contact one of us at the CCP@PCC:Matt Stockton (, John Farnum (, or Neal Naigus (


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