The Laboratory for The American Conversation at OSU-Cascades

The Laboratory for The American Conversation seeks to find common ground on divisive issues, both nationally and regionally, through nonpartisan research and dialogue.

We are at a critical point in American history; while we know that inclusive and civil discourse is essential to a democratic society, it appears ever more challenging for people to come together to solve problems. Working through the divisions between people to find common ground is a perennial challenge, but the sociopolitical animosity of our current cultural situation places a flourishing American Conversation in profound jeopardy. We need an intellectually and interculturally rich environment that fosters research and dialogue among diverse groups in order to advance the public good and confront 21st century problems.