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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. screenshotIn 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. 

In 2014 Defying Definitions moves to Maryland college campuses, where selected partners will offer programs to address campus-specific issues using the humanities to spur dialogue on stereotypes, diversity, and identity. 



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University of MD Francis King Carey School of Law

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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View a list of advisory committee members