Practicing Democracy: Defying Definitions
Using the Humanities to Seek Common Ground
Practicing Democracy brings Marylanders together to provide an opportunity for people of divergent views to convene for passionate, respectful and effective civic dialogue. Practicing Democracy uses the humanities to create a safe, shared space for open dialogue.
In 2013, the Defying Definitions project explores identity, stereotypes and diversity and challenges participants to reflect on how they perceive others, how they are perceived by others and what they understand about themselves.
The project utilizes the humanities to bring people together for dialogue, both online and in community settings, with the goals of breaking down stereotypes, reducing conflict, and modeling civil and meaningful discussion.
Defying Definitions is a part of the 2013 Southern Maryland Public Dialogue Project, co-sponsored by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) and the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) in partnership with several local organizations including the Community Mediation Centers of Calvert & St. Mary's Counties, the St. Mary's County Library, the Calvert County Public Library, the Democracy Conversations in St. Mary's County and the College of Southern Maryland and the Diversity Institute of Charles County.
The Southern Maryland Public Dialogue Project is being produced as a partnership program of the Maryland Humanities Council and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, in collaboration with local community partners. Defying Definitions is sponsored in part by the Maryland Public Policy Fellows Program, a collaborative program of the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office and the University of Maryland Francis King Cary School of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution.
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