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2023-24 is the Year of Discourse and Dialogue at Pitt

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The Office of the Provost announced that 2023-24 is the Year of Discourse and Dialogue at the University of Pittsburgh.

The announcement from Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd described the importance of a campus enriched by the power of differing views and perceptions.

“Higher education as a whole has been at a forefront of engagement around respecting divergent viewpoints — and the right for various viewpoints to find opportunities for expression,” Cudd wrote. “As a public university, we must and do uphold the principles of protected speech and expression. That is a tradition and an expectation as old as the University itself — and it lies at the heart of free and open inquiry and academic discourse.”

Kenyon Bonner, vice provost for student affairs, and Carissa Slotterback, dean of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, will lead programming for the University’s 10th themed academic year. They will work alongside a committee of faculty, staff and students, to be convened.