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Global Conference: Saving Civility & Rational Discourse

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

We are living in a time of extreme polarization... and it looks like the divide is only increasing. This can have disastrous results, as history can attest to, but what can we do to save civility and rational discourse? How can philosophy operate in politics, both for the leaders and the rest of us?

This March 11th, Plato's Academy Centre, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration of Plato's Academy in order to preserve our shared history, is bringing together some of the greatest minds that both actively participate and contemplate the need for civility and discourse.

Diane Kalen-Sukra will be speaking on how we foster civility and rational discourse in our cities and local governments. Check out the lineup of world-class speakers below.

REGISTER HERE. (Coupon Code to Attend for Free: NODONATION)


  1. Civic Friendship & Politics as an Act of Love, Spencer Klavan, author of How to Save the West: Ancient Wisdom for Five Modern Crises, associate editor at the Claremont Institute, host of Western Civilization podcast with the Daily Wire.

  2. Stoicism and the Friend-Enemy Distinction, Pat McGeehan, member of the West Virginia House of Delegates (US), author of Stoicism and the Statehouse

  3. Stoicism, the Enlightenment, Self-Othering, and Civility, Prof. Matthew Sharpe, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University, author of Stoicism, Bullying, and Beyond, The Other Enlightenment: Self-estrangement, Race, and Gender; series coeditor, Thinkers and Politics.

  4. What does Stoicism bring to the “diversity” table?, Dr. Kai Whiting, Postdoctoral Researcher, Université catholique de Louvain, author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In.

  5. Save Yourself, Save Your City, Diane Kalen-Sukra, founder of the Kalen Academy civic leadership academy, author of Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community & What to Do About It

  6. Aristotle and the Stoics Meet Rock and Roll: A Return to Rational Discourse in Politics, Dr. Tom Morris, author of The Stoic Art of Living and The Everyday Patriot , Chairman, Morris Institute for Human Values

  7. Solon of Athens on the Art of Positive-Sum Negotiation, Josiah Ober, American historian of ancient Greece and classical political theorist, Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis Professor in honor of Constantine Mitsotakis, and professor of classics and political science, at Stanford University.

  8. Panel: Stoicism, Civility, and Politics, hosted by Anya Leonard. Panel includes: Justin Stead, Entrepreneur & Investor, CEO Radley London, Founder of Aurelius Foundation; Mick Mulroy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for the Middle East. Senior Fellow for National Security and Defense Policy with the Middle East Institute, an Analyst for ABC News, and co-founder of the Lobo Institute; Alexandra O. Hudson, author of The Soul of Civility: Timeless Principles to Heal Society and Ourselves, founder of Civic Renaissance

  9. Keynote: Rt Hon. Lord David Owen, co-founder of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), member of the House of Lords, author of The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and The Intoxication of Power and Riddle, Mystery and Enigma. Two Hundred Years of British-Russian Relations

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