About the Ashby Dialogues

Warren Ashby

The aim of the Ashby Dialogues is to implement the vision of the late Warren Ashby that the University should be a community of inquiry, with faculty and students engaged in the pursuit of understanding both in and out of the classroom.

Each dialogue group will consist of approximately 10-15 faculty and students, representing at least two academic departments, who agree to meet at least once a month for 2-3 hours.  The meetings will provide the opportunity for informal but focused inquiry into some topic or issue of mutual interest.  The group may agree to meet for a single semester or for the whole academic year.  Possible formats for the dialogues might include, but are by no means limited to:

  • discussion of a series of readings, performances, or works of art that are united by some theme;
  • sustained examination of a single important book;
  • an investigation of the social or political implications of a recent event;
  • an analysis of the public policy consequences of a scientific discovery or project.
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