Madison Collaborative

Discussion Theatre: A Method of Democratic Education

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Estes Center for Theatre and Dance, Room 1201

Georg LindCome for an afternoon of Discussion Theatre! Dr. Georg Lind will lead participants in a session of Discussion Theatre, which aims to promote moral democratic competence among and within participants. Unlike classical theatre, it does not seek to achieve a powerful effect on an audience; rather, it creates a space for participants to develop their own intellectual faculties. Like a drama it stimulates emotions, but only in order to stay within an optimal affect window such that thinking and communicating is sustained. Discussion Theater provides the time and place for thinking, for the articulation of personal feelings, and for the clarifying problems. It does not leave the participants in the passive role of onlookers but calls on them to articulate their own opinions, to articulate reasons for them, and to find arguments that are persuasive to others. Discussion Theatre shows the participants that free, productive discussion is not an unattainable ideal but it is possible in real life.


About Dr. Lind

Dr. Georg Lind is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He is a well-known writer, teacher and advocate in the field of moral and democratic competence training. His most recent book is How to Teach Morality: Promoting Deliberation and Discussion, Reducing Violence and Deceit (Berlin: Logos, 2016). He developed the first objective test of moral-democratic competence, called “Moral Competence Test” (MCT) and he created the “Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion” (KMDD), which is currently the only objectively evaluated method of moral-democratic education. For more information, please see Dr. Lind's website including access to some of his published papers

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