Arena Forum: Civil Dialogues


Monday, March 26, 2018 6:30PM


Sold Out!








You are invited to participate in a new series of civil dialogues, launched by Arena Stage.

These dialogues seek to provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, DC metropolitan community to engage in discourse about major current issues. They also seek to demonstrate that people of very diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another. We hence assume that all participants have consented to heed the rules of civil dialogue, such as not attributing motives, not demonizing the other side, and showing that they truly listen to the other. There will be a few dialogue starters (names to be announced) but most of the time will be dedicated to give and take among the participants. The dialogues will be moderated by Amitai Etzioni.

Monday, March 26Exploring the thesis that surveillance is excessive and privacy is endangered both by the government and by private corporations

Monday, April 23Exploring what we owe other people

Tuesday, May 29Exploring the future of race relations in America

Located in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.


There will be a pre-dialogue reception before each event, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Lobby. Because of space limitations, registration is required but attendance is free and open to the public and press.

Panelists for March 26 include:

Mathew Olsen, Harvard Law School. (Former General Counsel for the National Security Agency)

Gabe Rottman, Washington director of the Reporters Committee’s Technology and Press Freedom Project and former Legislative Counsel and Policy Advisor at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. (Former legal editor the New Republic).

Peter Swire, Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. (Former White House).

Frank Torres, Senior Director of Consumer Affairs for the Microsoft Corporation.