The Penn Public Talk Project, a new program of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community based at the University of Pennsylvania, is a broadly conceived, nationwide effort to make public discourse more protductive and to creatively build strong, inclusive communities as we enter the 21st century.

Programs developed by the Public Talk Project reflect the central insights of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community: Robust, engaged discourse on issues of public consequence creates and strengthens diverse, inclusive communities. When citizens do "real work" together, individuals of varied backgrounds and opinions can deepen their understanding and recognition of mutual differences while strengthening their sense of shared community.

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