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Dialogue is a series of provocative discussions about the most challenging issues facing our community and country held in partnership with Ohio State’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Upcoming Events

Dialogue will return for more thoughtful, community discussions soon. Check back for announcements of future events.


Past Events

Dialogue: Sports and Society
Thursday, March 21

Dr. Pete Edwards, co-owner of the Columbus Crew SC, and Gene Smith, director of athletics at The Ohio State University join Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News for a discussion of the prominent role sports play in American society.

From billions spent on college athletics and taxpayers footing the bill for arenas and stadiums, to the sports concussion crisis and the ever-expanding issue of sports gambling, we will examine why sports are so important to our culture.

The Future of America in Space
Tuesday February 12, 2019
Fifty-seven years after John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, the United States finds itself in a world in which many nations, as well as private companies, have established independent space capabilities.

From plans for a U.S. Space Force to human flight to Mars, we discussed the critical issues facing U.S. space policy with former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. and John M. Horack, the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy at The Ohio State University.


Re-evaluation of American Society
January 16, 2019

Since the 1970s, workers without college degrees have seen their full-time employment fall, real wages decline and family income stagnate.

The 2016 presidential election served notice that the working class, especially working-class men, felt overlooked, alienated, angry and were desperate for new leadership.

J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, and Oren Cass, author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America, discuss American society, economics and public policy.


Dialogue: 2018 Midterm Election Analysis
November 13, 2018

Mike Thompson, WOSU Public Media’s Chief Content Director for News and Public Affairs and host of WOSU TV’s Columbus on the Record, was joined by Paul Beck, OSU Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Whitney Smith, political consultant & founder, W.T. Smith Consulting, to discuss the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections and what it means for 2019 and beyond.


The Future of Work
October 2, 2018

Marketplace Morning Report host senior editor David Brancaccio led a discussion on the increased use of automation, artificial intelligence and global competition is changing the way people work.

Guest Panelists for this discussion included Lisa Patt-McDaniel, president and CEO of Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and Scot McLemore, Talent Acquisition and Deployment | HR and Admin Division of Honda North America, Inc.


Will the Forever War Ever End?
September 11, 2018

Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News, and Dr. Peter Mansoor, Ohio State Univeristy Chair of Military History and military analyst for CNN, discussed if the “Forever War” will ever end with U.S. military engagement in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and extended conflicts in the Middle East. And what this continuing commitment of troops overseas means for national security at home and abroad.


A Look at Women in Ohio Politics
May 24, 2018, 6 p.m.

NPR political correspondent Asma Khalid explored the challenges and opportunities for female candidates with state senator Charleta Tavares (D- Columbus, Columbus Recreation and Parks’ Sophia Fifner and Wendy Smooth, associate professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences.


The New Age of Entrepreneurship
March 6, 2018

Sam Sanders, host of NPR’s It’s Been a Minute, moderated a discussion about the New Age of Entrepreneurship with Tanisha Robinson, CEO, BrewDog USA and Merry Korn, President/CEO, Pearl Interactive Network.