Community Dialogues

Creating connections 

MIT has a rich inventory of programs, initiatives, and courses that invite dialogue. Some of these offerings simply bring people together, others educate and train members of our community in the practice of dialogue.

NameDescriptionPoint of contact
ICEO Community Dialogues
The ICEO Community Dialogues are a series of forums where MIT community members explore topics of belonging and inclusion. By inspiring meaningful conversations, these dialogues are a place to practice listening skills and build capacity to learn from diverse perspectives.Molly McInerney
Dialogues Across DifferenceDialogues Across Difference focuses on modeling disagreement by elevating and encouraging dialogue. The series invites internal and external speakers whose expertise can help cultivate civil discourse, critical thinking, and empathy among members of our community.ICEO
Addir Fellows Interfaith DialoguesAddir Fellows are MIT students who meet weekly to engage in dialogues to ask questions and explore ideas that build friendships and connections. The dialogues aim to build bridges between people with different beliefs, traditions, practices, and cultures.Addir Fellows
Civil Discourse in the Classroom and BeyondFour MIT faculty members launched a two-year project that provides space for the open exchange of ideas and teaches students how to have productive good-faith conversations with others with whom they disagree.Alex Byrne;
Anne McCants;
Linda R. Rabieh;
Brad Skow
The Conversation @ the MIT MuseumThe MIT Museum is partnering with The Conversation US to host lively conversations with researchers on the frontlines of science, technology, and society.MIT Museum
Dialogue & Action Panel SeriesThis series features conversations among colleagues from across nine Massachusetts universities in the spirit of tackling difficult issues and modeling constructive dialogue. It was initiated by the university presidents, and the provosts put together the organizing committee.Deb Roy
Dialogue@MITIn partnership with the Sustained Dialogue Institute, MIT students learn dialogue skills and build relationships with their peers through reflection and sharing personal experiences.Dialogue@MIT
MindHandHeart Coffee & ConversationsCommunity-wide events where people gather in small groups around tables and engage in thoughtful conversations, while enjoying coffee, tea, and snacks.MindHandHeart
RealTalk@MITA project from the MIT Center for Constructive Communication (CCC) that uses technology developed at CCC to create opportunities for listening across groups and to foster a collective sense of shared understanding across experiences, differences, and divides.RealTalk@MIT
Octet Collaborative's DiálogosA series of events to nurture intellectual hospitality through discussion coordinated by staff at MIT dedicated to human flourishing, formed by the historic Christian faith.Octet Collaborative