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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, May 19th from 10-noon in Tabor 138 at the SE Campus.  The topic for our May conversation will be "Fear Itself: Is Xenophobia Ever Justified?" where we will collaboratively evaluate the philosophical/practical issues pertaining to this topic.  Some of the questions we will discuss include the following: 


  • What is Xenophobia and how does it affect our communities?
  • When are our fears justifiable and when are they not?
  • What are our ethical obligations when examining our own fears?
  • When does a fear become a phobia?


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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