The President, Provost and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs are pleased to announce the Agora Project – a year-long inquiry into ways Florida Atlantic University might better promote a campus culture of awareness and understanding for the practice of civility and civil discourse in an environment of free speech, academic freedom and open dialogue.
In ancient times, the agora was the designated public space where citizens would gather to discuss matters of their shared civic life. The agora was the vibrant center of the city; a place where political issues of the day were debated, goods were marketed, scientific theories were exchanged, crowds were entertained by musicians or theatrical productions, and the community came together to socialize and share their lives with one another.
Through the Agora Project, FAU seeks to invigorate campus dialogue on matters of our own shared and vibrant University environment. A university is composed of numerous spaces (classrooms, lecture halls, performance spaces, research centers, laboratories, libraries, sporting venues and residence halls). It is also, however, one collective space that thrives best when it cherishes open inquiry, the free expression of one’s beliefs, and respectful engagement and interaction among peoples who come from every corner of the world and who represent a diversity of opinion and belief.
The Agora Project will invite suggestions and commentary from all members of the university community, across all of its campuses, affiliates and interested members of the public, on ways we can best foster dialogue and practices that ensure the dignity of the people and the ideas that travel through our halls. It will host forums on the importance of academic freedom, academic responsibility, and freedom of expression; create workshops on how best to practice civil and respectful interaction with others; and provide opportunities to discuss, dialogue and debate matters relevant to FAU and to our world.
The Agora Project invites you to share suggestions on how FAU can better promote an engaged, reflective and responsible community, or to recommend topics you think the Agora Project should consider for its forums, events and public debates. You are also invited to participate in the Project as a student, faculty or staff member at FAU. All inquiries and ideas should be directed to Dr. William Trapani (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org), faculty member in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies and Agora Project lead facilitator.
The Agora Project is overseen for the President, Provost and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs by Dr. Heather Coltman (email@example.com), Interim Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt Colleges of Arts and Letters, and Dr. Corey King (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. They may also be contacted about the Project.