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Linda Vista Branch Library

Karen Shelby, PhD

College of Arts and Science

In Practices of Deliberation, students examine democratic deliberation, asking “why do we need to talk to each other in a democracy?” One answer is that in order to find productive responses to “wicked political problems,” we need to talk to each other in our communities. Through ILVI, students will examine various groups engaged in promoting democratic deliberation, different types of such deliberation, and how to assess them. Students will learn to facilitate a deliberative conversation, seeking inclusion of multiple voices within communities, and how to take notes so that everyone in a deliberative process is aware of where that conversation has been. Students will contribute to the development of a Linda Vista community calendar to be made available through the Linda Vista Public Library. Students will examine theories of democratic deliberation and civic engagement alongside practical exercises and experiences of facilitating deliberation.