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Dialogue, Dissent, and Debate: Creating Lasting Change on Campus

Virtual May 20, 2021 Public Event

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Thursday, May 20 at 8pm ET

This event, co-hosted by BridgeUSA and Heterodox Academy, explored how student groups foster campus cultures that value viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement. Representatives from three groups – the Princeton Open Campus CoalitionMinnesota Bipartisan Issues Group, and Open Dyalog – shared their approaches, motivations, and experiences on campus with issues like identity and partisan politics. The conversation was moderated by Ross Irwin, Chief Operating Officer of BridgeUSA.

This event was open to all and was especially valuable to students who are committed to taking action to promote viewpoint diversity and constructive disagreement on campus. Advanced registration was required.

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Meet the Speakers: 

Rebekah Adams is a senior in the Chemical and Biological Engineering department at Princeton University. She is the outgoing president of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition and a board member of Princetonians for Free Speech.

Vanessa Nguyen is a student at UC San Diego and is originally from the Bay Area. Vanessa fell in love with Open Dyalog after meeting a group of intelligent, diverse, and compassionate students. She has grown to appreciate and understand different perspectives and backgrounds.

Alex Thomson is a junior at the University of Minnesota. He’s majoring in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. He enjoys researching chemicals and spending time outdoors. He serves as a group officer for Minnesota Bipartisan Issues Group.

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Heterodox events are public conversations among academics and experts on a focused topic that offer an opportunity to showcase our values in action, and provide timely discussion of pressing topics. We are currently hosting regular virtual events in addition to periodic live events. Nearly all events, virtual or live, will be recorded and posted on our YouTube channel following the event.


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