Over the course of three days together at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) staff convened scholars from multiple disciplines and institutions across the country to consider the current state of incivility and political dysfunction in America today. Building on the first research convening in October 2014, the NICD Research Network created space for scholars to consider some of the most pressing topics for civil discourse today.
During the two and a half day convening, Robert Boatright, Research Director; Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director; Timothy Shaffer, Principal Research Specialist; and members of the Research Network led participants in panel presentations and group discussions about difference veins of research and practice relevant to the researchers as well as NICD more broadly. The convening was strongly supported by other NICD staff including Adriana Kelly, Manager of Operations and Finance, and Eve Hady, Administrative Associate.
NICD was founded with the expressed intent of integrating research and practice. Each of NICD’s programs, whether with elected officials, the media, and/or diverse publics, is informed by our research. By developing scholarly research with practical and policy-focused goals, we are committed to promoting the transformation of scholarly findings into effective interventions that improve the quality of American democracy.