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Red & Blue Exchange

Dialogues across differences.

The Red and Blue Exchange (RBX) is committed to free and open inquiry into matters of public import, promotion of the robust exchange of divergent views, and the informed, reasoned, and respectful expression of ideas regardless of their ideology or popularity. RBX provides the skills and spaces for students to engage in transformative dialogue; to listen, probe, reflect, and learn about difficult and often contentious issues of the day; and to discover both common ground and areas of legitimate disagreement – all critical components of a healthy democratic society. RBX is made possible through the generous support of the Gamba family.

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The Latest From RBX

Event Recap

Psychological Prescription for Strengthening Higher Education

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt believes American colleges need to help their students spend more time in “discover mode” - and less in “defend mode”.  To do this, he said recently at an event sponsored by Penn’s Red and Blue Exchange (RBX), colleges must rediscover and recommit to their original purpose, their telos: the brave pursuit of truth and the moral life.Read More
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Profile

Conversation with Jonathan Haidt

Haidt recently chatted with Chris Satullo about some of the ideas he’ll be discussing with the audience during the virtual event “The Power of the Open Mind: How Viewpoint Diversity Makes You Smarter and Stronger.”Read More
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Blog

Students Praise ‘Can We Talk?’ Forums as Rare Outlet

Worried Big Tech and social media have gotten a little out of control? Wondering what can be done to push ahead on social justice after all those marches and speeches last year? Afraid this democracy thing is in a little trouble – but ready to share a great idea you have to help fix it? Mulling what the flap over the Meghan Markle interview says about our attitudes towards privilege and mental health – and how that might connect to your life? These and other issues of modern life will be on the table as students from Penn and other campuses across America gather at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 25 on Zoom for the second "Can We Talk?" dialogue of 2021 and the fifth of the academic year.Read More
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In the News

The Future of Conservatism

The aftermath of Donald Trump’s election loss, the insurrection by his supporters at the United States Capitol, and the subsequent… Read More
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In the News

GOP politician, media figures bash Trump at Penn event on the future of conservatism

Republican politicians and media figures discussed their disillusionment with the GOP after four years of Trump at a virtual event on Feb. 24.Read More
Blog

A ‘Unique’ Chance for Students to Discuss the Big Issues

The Red and Blue Exchange (RBX) will revive its series of student forums, Can We Talk?: Civil Dialogue for Troubled Times, offering three events during the Spring 2021 semester.Read More
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Event Recap

Veteran Police Chiefs Insist Metropolitan Forces can be Improved and Reformed

At a Red and Blue Exchange event in December, two veteran police chiefs insisted that metropolitan forces can be improved and reformed, but it will take changes in law, union contracts, recruitment, training and policy.Read More

The RBX Team

Leadership

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Faculty Staff

Lia Howard

Student Advising and Wellness Director
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Faculty

Chris Satullo

Civic Engagement Consultant
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Faculty

Harris Sokoloff

Graduate School of Education
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division

Moderators & Outreach

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Community Outreach

Linda Breitstein

Project Manager and Outreach Coordinator for the PA Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE)
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Faculty

Marisa Denker

Co-Director and Co-Founder of Connect the Dots
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Moderator

Germaine Ingram

Consulting Associate for the PA Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE)
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Moderator

Serrano Legrand

Entrepreneurial Educator, Doctoral Candidate
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Moderator

Josh Warner

PA Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE)

About the Gamba Family

The Gamba family has long been committed to improving education and supporting marginalized students to secure a quality education. With multigenerational Penn ties, their support for educational initiatives took a new direction with their underwriting of the Red and Blue Exchange, with the intent to foster more discussions among differing political views at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond. In making their generous gift to establish the new program, John F. Gamba, W’61, PAR’92, and Mary Anne S. Gamba, HUP’65, G’84, PAR’92, said:

We hope students will delve into some of the most challenging topics currently facing society, learn to navigate the many different perspectives that exist around those topics, and find effective solutions to influence change—both in their time at Penn, and later, in their careers.

Attend a RBX Student Forum.

The Red & Blue Exchange Student Forums promote the robust expression of divergent views and provides a form for the civil discourse critical to a healthy democratic society.

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