- Option 1: October 21, 2020 – Video-based discussion
- Option 2: October 24, 2020 – Text-based discussion
About the Series:
The challenges we face as a nation, including physical distancing and isolation, can serve to highlight our political and economic divisions. As we approach Election Day 2020, we face the challenges of maintaining connections to our usual social, civic, and religious networks of support. The challenges we face–as individuals and as a nation–can improve through virtual connections to the outside world. We need to avoid ‘information bubbles’ and ‘echo chambers’ that reinforce division by stoking fear and anxiety and come together for dialog and conversation.
Resources exist to help us make meaningful connections. Perhaps more importantly, at this critical time, these resources can enable us to connect across the boundaries of our differences as we shape and share our views on how we, as a nation, can respond to our current crisis in ways that will make our communities stronger and more resilient for the future.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s CivicCLP initiative has partnered with The Art of Democracy to create opportunities for informed and inclusive engagement online. Working together, we aim to amplify the voices of local people in ways that will energize voter participation in the upcoming election.
The partnership with The Art of Democracy is also receiving support from Carnegie Mellon University’s Program for Deliberative Democracy. As Robert Cavalier, Emeritus teaching professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of PDD explains: “Free speech serves as a key part of the foundation of democratic governance. Informed and inclusive free speech through public deliberation — people engaging in well-structured discussions in the context of reliable information — is a crucial part of that foundation.”