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Catalyst Radio: Civil discourse initiative promotes dialogue on immigration, refugees

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Jack Mangala, Associate Professor of Political Science and African Studies at Grand Valley State University, on the practice of civil discourse.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with co-hosts Katie Gordon, Jessica Gladden and Jessica Young. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

2014 Civil Discourse Symposium

2014 Civil Discourse Symposium /Grand Valley State University

Professor Jack Mangala

Professor Jack Mangala /Grand Valley State University

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jack Mangala, the current Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University. He is an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Political Science, and brings his background in international relations and global migration to his work in West Michigan.

As the Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse, he is teaching a course entitled "Immigration: Think Global, Act Local," and recently hosted the annual Symposium on Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees: Community Engagement and Transformation.

For more information on the initiative & symposium, visit the website.

The Civil Discourse Initiative at GVSU seeks to respond to “complex 21st century issues in a way that promotes peace, justice, and respect for the dignity of all persons requires citizens and leaders who are skilled in listening closely, understanding and appreciating human differences, and promoting informed and respectful dialogue.” 

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