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Common Ground Summit

June 11-13, 2014Have the Liberal Arts Become Too Politicized? A Meeting of Minds, Left and Right.Academic rigor requires intellectual diversity and the free interchange of ideas between the left and the right. However, numerous recent books, surveys, and articles suggest th ...
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

April 23, 2014Learn about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse when it comes to meeting the people you disagree with. Brenna Cleary gave us time-honored techniques to help civic opponents build trust and find common ground. This workshop is brought to you through the generosity of t ...
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Working with a Team of Rivals

April 14, 2014The Hauenstein Center offered this interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders. Our goal was to prepare a new generation of leaders to deal effectively with diverse ideas and cultures. The workshop drew from the great books, American history, and ...
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Leader Lens – Winter 2014

February 19, 2014In this innovative series of leadership seminars three Cook Leadership Academy fellows explore the connections between leadership and community. These presentations give the fellows an opportunity to gain valuable public speaking experience while also giving other f ...
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Speaking Truth To Power

January 22, 2014 Speaking Truth to Power: An interactive common ground workshop for emergent community leaders, focusing on “how to speak truth to power.” The workshop draws from "The Ring of Gyges" in Plato's "Republic" to empower participants to work with elected officials an ...
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Should Michigan Raise the Minimum Wage?

January 14, 2014 Jarrett Skorup and Yannet Lathrop debate the question, "should Michigan raise the minimum wage?".Since the United States instituted the first federal minimum wage in 1938, there has been no shortage of debate on the topic. Whether we should raise, lower, maintain, ...
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What Good Is Government Anyway?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013The recent government shutdown reopened a debate as old as 1776: What is the proper size and scope of government? Conservatives believe Big Government is the problem, especially at the federal level. Liberals counter that the nation’s social and economic c ...
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