Civil Discourse for Citizenship

Civil Discourse for Citizenship

Civil discourse is a fundamental feature of a healthy democracy: we can make headway on the many pressing problems that we face only if we’re able to talk about them openly, vigorously, and respectfully; even – especially – when we disagree. This is all the more important at a leading public university.

With this in mind, and building on CEHV's work in support of Ohio State's Shared Values, we have created Civil Discourse for Citizenship, an initiative dedicated to promoting respectful debate across differences on campus and beyond. 

New Civil Discourse Framework

rationale explaining what civil discourse is and why it’s important
set of principles anchored by the 4Cs


The 4Cs


Undergraduate Civil Discourse Fellows

CEHV will annually award competitive fellowships to eight undergraduate students to be trained in civil discourse and who agree to plan and moderate the Civil Discourse Forums (below), as well as serve as ambassadors for civil discourse on campus.


Civil Discourse Fellows - 8 headshots

Meet our inaugural cohort of CEHV Civil Discourse Fellows

Student-moderated Civil Discourse Forums

These forums feature a pair speakers who hold contrasting views on a controversial issue. They are moderated by our Civil Discourse Fellows. The first two Forums were held in Spring 2022 on the topics Should Open Societies Have Open Borders? and Can Markets Be Immoral? 

Debra Satz and Peter Jaworski

Undergraduate Course on Civil Discourse

Our undergraduate course called Conversations on Morality, Politics and Society (ARTSSCI 2400/2400E) has been revamped as a stand-alone, experiential learning course focused on the principles of civil discourse and providing opportunities for students to engage COMPAS events. This course, designed and led by members of CEHV, has more than 35 students from 7 colleges enrolled for Autumn 2022.

COMPAS brandmark


If your organization would like to incorporate the 4Cs into your programming, please contact CEHV Director Piers Turner or Steering Committee Member Eric MacGilvray.

This initiative is pursued with generous support from the Derrow Family Foundation and in partnership with the Provost's Civil Discourse Project