Extreme polarization--or intense division and distrust resulting from people’s opposing opinions on political issues--has become a prominent feature of our political landscape. While diverse perspectives and healthy debate are integral to a well-functioning democracy and the generation of good public policy, extreme polarization poses a serious threat to democracy. It can make us significantly less likely to talk with people who hold different perspectives than we do as we stick to our “bubbles” and end up in echo chambers. Polis's events and programs center on the theme of “Discourse for Democracy”--centering authentic and transformative political discussions that promote unity and collaboration.
Notable Events & Programs
Photos by Brittany Gabriel (MPP ’24) Described as a “rising star” in politics, Mayor David Holt (R) is the youngest mayor that Oklahoma City has had in nearly a century and the first Native American to serve in the position. He joined POLIS for a conversation about his pathway to public service,… Continue Reading Changing the Game: Politics, Policy, and 21st Century Leadership with Oklahoma City Mayor David HoltRead More
On April 6th, students debated the question: “Should college campuses disinvite speakers whose ideas can be construed as “cancellable?” The debate was sponsored by Polis: Center for Politics and led by Braver Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Americans together to bridge the partisan divide and strengthen our democratic… Continue Reading Braver Angels Debate: Should College Campuses Disinvite Speakers Whose Ideas Can Be Construed as “Cancellable”Read More