Discussing Across the Aisle: The Effect of Civic Reflection on Political Discrimination

Faculty Sponsor

Geoff Wetherell PhD


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2019


We are measuring the effect of a humanities-based discussion model called Civic Reflection on participants’ opinions and feeling about those who differ in political stance. We hypothesize that, through civil discussion on values, participants will gain a better understanding about each other, thus reducing their discrimination against them.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Jonah Koetke is a Psychology major at Valparaiso University. He has minors in Sociology, Theology, and the Humanities. His research interests include Social Psychology, especially related to social justice, and the intersection of Psychology and Religion. He hopes to go into a Social Psychology graduate program after graduation.

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