The Center for Public Conversation at the Institute for American Values seeks to improve the civility and seriousness of our national conversation, particularly on topics related to marriage and families, thrift and generosity, and our engagement with the Arab and Muslim world.
To carry out our mission we:
The Center seeks to model a certain type of conversation: We want to do all that we can to transcend the rancor, coarseness, and hyper-partisanship that characterizes all too much of our current national discussion. Therefore, we sponsor "discussions" rather than "debates" and we will strive always to model civility, seriousness, and openness to diverse views.
Our main goal is not to win certain arguments; it's rather to improve the way that we as a society talk to one another about important public issues.
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