Dialogue Vanderbilt

As part of our commitment to free expression, we’re harnessing resources university-wide to help re-establish norms of civil discourse and mutual respect—even when we disagree.

AI & Free Speech Symposium

Oct. 12-13 | The Future of Free Speech Project, Vanderbilt University and Google will host an event to explore the dynamic intersection of generative AI, free speech and human rights within the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence advancements.

Finding the Way Forward

Polarization has made it hard to have tough-but-necessary conversations on university campuses and beyond. Dialogue Vanderbilt aims to teach members of our university community how to engage in constructive conversation, even when they fiercely disagree; conduct research on polarization and how to address it; and lead a broader effort to restore civil discourse in society.

Practicing thoughtful discourse not only makes for better students and greater innovation-it makes for better citizens.

Daniel Diermeier
Vanderbilt's ninth chancellor

Ongoing Initiatives

  • Civil Discourse Education

    Through required and elective courses for first-year students, workshops for student leaders and other classes and trainings, we're providing students with the skills and experience they need to discuss and debate with confidence and courage.

  • The Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy

    Continuing the Vanderbilt tradition of finding common purpose amid discord, the Unity Project seeks to elevate the role of research and evidence in the national conversation and help bridge America's deepest differences.

  • Justitia's Future of Free Speech Project

    Led by free speech and human rights expert Jacob Mchangama, the Future of Free Speech Project is fostering a thriving global culture of free speech, on- and offline.

  • Open Dialogue Visiting Fellows

    Each year, this program brings to campus a cohort of thought leaders with contrasting views on a particular social issue.

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