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National Debate: Excluding Perspectives

02/24/2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Host Organization: Braver Angels' Debates
State/Region: - National

de·bate| dəˈbāt | – noun – A highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen to one another, and are open to being changed by ideas.

About this Event

Are there some ideas so extreme, so dangerous, so intolerable, that they have no place in civil debate in American life? If there are, who gets to decide where the line is? Who is in, and who is out, in any society? At what level does honest political disagreement become such dangerous dissent, and how should the difference be dealt with?

These are questions central to the idea of democracy itself, and they are central questions for the work of civil discourse and depolarization. Braver Angels has long prided itself on approaching all questions, including those at the very core of our work, in the same spirit of honesty, curiosity, and goodwill that has defined our work at its best. So, we invite you to this Braver Angels’ Debate on whether or not lines should be drawn and look forward to coming a little closer to the truth with you and with all.

About Braver Angels’ Debates

You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Braver Angels Debate. It’s not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a competitive high school or college debate, where people advocate positions in which they may not believe for the sole purpose of vanquishing their foes.

A Braver Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.

Braver Angels’ Debates might help you understand the debate process that we use.

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Registration for this debate will be closed 1 hours prior to the scheduled starting time. Group registration is not enabled for this debate. If you would like to participate online in the virtual company of others, we recommend that you coordinate the timing of your registration and ask that individuals register for themselves.

** This event is open to the media upon approval. Media contact: Ciaran O’Connor,

This workshop is a free event brought to you by Braver Angels as part of our mission to depolarize America. Braver Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We invite you to consider a gift to Braver Angels; all donations are tax deductible.  Your support will allow us to offer more workshops and debates with the ultimate goal of uniting America. Click here to donate.

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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
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Host Organization
Braver Angels' Debates
- National

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