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Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations

Episode 1: Can We Talk?

Sunday, March 18, 2018 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Former Governors Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)
and Mike Huckabee (R-AR) debated hot-button issues
from gun rights to immigration reform

In these fractious and deeply partisan times, are we even capable
of holding critical conversations on the challenges we face?

In a major new program series, Spertus Institute brings together notable thought leaders with opposing viewpoints,
for moderated debates inspired by Judaism’s embrace of passionate civil discourse.

Spertus President and CEO Dr. Hal M. Lewis talks about the genesis of this important new series.

I’m a fierce Democrat. But I know that Democrats AND Republicans across the country want solutions for Americans. Liberals and conservatives. Public sector and private industry. We’re all in this collectively and we must find ways to work together.
— Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)

What I want to do is talk about how issues affect the average American. Whether we’re talking about health care or the opioid crisis, I’m not looking for an ideological argument. I want solutions. It’s absurd to think the only point of view that’s worth hearing is our own.
— Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

Our inaugural event featured two of our nation’s most articulate and impassioned leaders
engage in spirited debate, live on the Spertus stage.

Moderated by former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno.

Critical Conversations is generously funded by the late Eric Joss.

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

Spertus Institute is grateful for the support of our program's sponsors.


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