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Democracy and Public Discourse | WabashX

“Why speak? To keep a society free.”
W. Norwood Brigance, Professor of Speech, Wabash College

Founded on the belief that the core of democracy is the right of free expression, the Wabash Democracy and Public Discourse (WDPD) initiative advances the kinds of deliberation, discussion, debate, and advocacy that cultivate democracy. Specifically, we:

TEACH constructive practices of engagement and communication on topics of community concern.

STIMULATE productive public discourse on campus and in the community through informed discussion, debate, and deliberation.

DEVELOP civic leadership through participation in public life.

PROMOTE the free speech rights and responsibilities for every individual in the marketplace of ideas.

Chris Anderson Chris Anderson
Visiting Professor of Rhetoric
Stephenson Institute 207

James ProszekJames Proszek
Program Associate
Fine Arts Center S208

Brian LongBrian Long
Program Associate
Stephenson Institute 206