Campus-community dialogue on protest


A campus-community dialogue, presented by the University of Utah Department of Political Science and Hinckley Institute of Politics, will explore the topic of protest. The dialogue will be held Oct. 24, 2019, from 7-8:15 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library (210 E. 400 South) main auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The dialogue will explore the tactics of protest, the boundaries of what we find acceptable or not and why, different techniques or venues of protest (virtual, boycotts, in person, nonviolent, etc.) and how movements and groups should protest against issues like the hot-button inland port.

The primary aim is to create a space for respectful and informed dialogue among differing perspectives dedicated to the pursuit of mutual understanding and the thoughtful consideration of practical solutions to our nation’s domestic and international challenges. Unlike debates in which speakers try to “win” in partisan competitions, the purpose of a public dialogue is to facilitate mutual understanding and a deeper appreciation for the diverse values and perspectives that inform key policy discussions. The possibilities for stimulating new ideas and increasing mutual trust are more likely to arise under conditions of respectful public dialogue.


  • Jennifer Napier Pearce, editor, The Salt Lake Tribune (moderator)
  • Lt. John Beener, Salt Lake City Police Department
  • Edmund Fong, associate professor, U’s Department of Political Science; director, Division of Ethnic Studies
  • Josh Kanter, founder and board president, Alliance for a Better Utah
  • Deeda Seed, senior campaign manager, Center for Biological Diversity

Learn more here.