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Public Dialogue Panelists in Gaston Hall

Public Dialogues

The Initiative hosts civil and substantive Public Dialogues on the implications of Catholic social thought in public life and on key domestic and international policy issues involving respected policymakers, journalists, scholars, religious leaders, and other experts. More than 60 Public Dialogues have drawn more than 20,000 people to hear diverse perspectives on faith and politics, Pope Francis’ leadership, poverty and economics, immigration and environment, human life and dignity, terrorism and peace, roles of women in the Church and society, and other global topics.


Panelist Justin Giboney

Faith, Race, and Politics

In a polarized nation, faith, race, and politics can be divisive topics on their own. Bringing them together can be explosive. This Public Dialogue sought to explore the intersections of faith, race, and politics in the United States in ways that can inform and engage, rather than pull us apart.



A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ (Video)

September 16, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 1 minutes

The U.S. Response to the Global Migration Crisis (Video)

September 11, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Lay Leadership for a Wounded Church and Divided Nation (Video)

June 14, 2019

Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes