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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

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Red and Blue Exchange, Interview with John Gamba Jr.

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. Through a speaker series, student forums, and the Paideia-designated course, Can We Talk, 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. A core initiative of Penn’s SNF Paideia Program, RBX is made possible through the generous support of the Gambas, a family with multigenerational Penn ties.Read More
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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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Meet the Gambas

The Gamba family recently took their support for educational initiatives in a new direction by underwriting an effort to foster more discussions among differing political views at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond.Read More
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Can We Talk? Ground Rules, in Detail

For civic dialogue to thrive, participants in a discussion should mutually agree to a set of ground rules that will guide everyone’s behavior during the dialogue.Read More
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Listen with a Willingness to be Changed

Mark Nepo’s quote is a favorite of my colleague, Dr. Harris Sokoloff and he regularly invokes it in our SNF Paideia Program designated course, “Can We Talk? Courageous Civility for Troubled Times,” and the Gamba Family Red & Blue Exchange forum discussions.Read More
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Promoting Civil Dialogue

The Gamba Family Red & Blue Exchange helps students become more engaged, effective citizens.Read More
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Cultivating Robust Civil Dialogue During Times of Unrest

Through the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program, Penn students are learning how to reflect on and engage with subjects like the coronavirus pandemic and the criminal justice system.Read More

The RBX Team

Leadership

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Faculty Staff

Lia Howard

Student Advising and Wellness Director
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Chris Satullo

Civic Engagement Consultant
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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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Moderator

Marisa Denker

Co-Director and Co-Founder of Connect the Dots
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Germaine Ingram

Consulting Associate for the PA Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE)
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Serrano Legrand

Entrepreneurial Educator, Doctoral Candidate
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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.

“Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” panel discussions

“Racism and Anti-Racism in Contemporary America” is a preceptorial designed to provide a broad overview of the causes and consequences of racism in the United States, as well as ways in which this deep-seated “stain” on American society has been and might better be addressed. While racism and other forms of discrimination affect people of various identities, and exist in different forms across the globe, the focus of this preceptorial is specifically on racism towards African Americans in the United States. We hope to develop future preceptorials addressing other forms and locations of discrimination and structural inequality in the future.

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