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“Patriotism and Protest” discussion on Nov. 3

John Farnum

We at the Center for Civic Participation at Portland Community College (CCP@PCC) are continuing our series of conversations dedicated to current topics of concern that affect the college and our local communities.  Our next installment of the “Meaningful Conversations” series will be held on Friday, November 3rd, from 10am-noon in the Sylvania TLC, CC 216

The topic for our November conversation will be “Patriotism and Protest” where we will collaboratively evaluate the philosophical/practical issues pertaining to this topic.  Some of the questions we will discuss include the following:

  • What does patriotism look like and who decides?
  • Do we have a duty to be patriotic?
  • Are certain types of protest unpatriotic?
  • When does patriotism become a destructive idea?

The CCP’s “Meaningful Conversations” series has an informal, discussion-based format where we strive to create a place for open and honest dialogues that challenge participants to think about and reflect on difficult topics.  The CCP@PCC is part of a broad movement to create alternatives to polarized, adversarial, and polemical conversations. We NEED all points of view brought to the table, but expressed within a structure that helps people listen and learn across their many differences.  We hope that you will join us for an upcoming conversation and please feel free to contact one of us at the CCP@PCC: Matt Stockton (, John Farnum (, or Neal Naigus (

For background, visit the “Patriotism and Protest” issue repository set up by the PCC Library.