Arena Stage will continue to host Arena Civil Dialogues to engage the DC community. Scholar, professor, and peacebuilder Amitai Etzioni will moderate this series of discussions, which focuses on topics and questions in today’s headlines.


Aug. 12: The robots are coming

Will robots continue to take more of our jobs? Will they out smart us? Can they start wars?

Sept. 16: No deplorables here; how to understand each other

A dialogue between Trump supporters and opponents.

Oct. 14: Exploring well-being in a digital world

In the digital age, does constant technology connection undermine our well-being? How can we use technology to improve our overall health? Can we prevent cyberbullying and online hate speech?

Nov. 11: What makes a great America?

Who decides what makes America great? What are the alternate views of what makes a great America, at home and in a global sense? Can America still call itself a global leader?

The meetings will be held in the Molly Smith Study from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be a reception before the discussion starting at 5 p.m. in the Lower Lobby. Because of space limitations, registration is required but there is no admission fee.

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