Inclusive Dialogue

Inclusive Dialogue brings renowned writers into conversation with Muscatine residents to build a more welcoming, globally-aware community.

A good book can open our mind to new perspectives about our impact in the world. The opportunity to hear and speak with the author herself can be even more transformative. Inclusive Dialogue invites writers acclaimed for their ability to spark profound reflection on crucial social issues to enter into dialogue with Muscatine students and community members.

In partnership with local organizations, Inclusive Dialogue events have facilitated conversations on topics such as immigration and racial injustice with the purpose of fostering empathy, inspiring critical reflection, and growing a more welcoming community in the Muscatine area. Learn more about our previous conversations below and follow us on Facebook for updates on future Inclusive Dialogues.


Inclusive Dialogue events are organized in partnership with:

Previous Inclusive Dialogues

Confronting Racial Injustice (April 2021)

A Virtual Conversation with Author Jason Reynolds

In his acclaimed novels, award-winning author Jason Reynolds delves deep into real issues facing young people in the United States. Why do police treat Black teenagers differently than white teenagers? How can we confront racial injustice in our communities? Jason shines a light on these and other questions in his popular books for young adults.

As part of the Global Education program at the Stanley Center, we co-organized a virtual conversation with Jason, New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress. Reflecting on his own unique ability to spark difficult conversations among youth through the power of the written word, he inspires all of us to think critically about race relations. Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely co-authored the award-winning novel, All American Boys.

Many students and community members in Muscatine, Iowa (and beyond) read All American Boys and joined us on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 for a virtual conversation.

This virtual conversation was organized in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

Empathy in Times of Chaos (November 2020)

A Virtual Discussion with Author Imbolo Mbue

In 2020, Iowans are living in a time when the public health and economic shocks of COVID-19 are further fracturing our already polarized society. Political misinformation, xenophobia, and racism choke our collective capacities for seeing the common humanity in one another. During such times, when even the threat of political mass violence lingers over the country, Americans are reflecting on ideals such as the “American Dream” and seeking opportunities for reconciliation with our neighbors.

As part of the Stanley Center’s work to promote empathy and global citizenship in our local Iowa community, we, with our partners, organized a virtual discussion with Imbolo Mbue, award-winning author of the New York Times Bestseller, Behold the Dreamers. A native of Limbe, Cameroon, and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, Mbue discussed immigration and the American Dream and what her work can teach us about empathy in our relationships with others.

Many of our community members in Muscatine, Iowa (and beyond) read Mbue’s book and joined us on Friday, November 13, 2020 for a virtual discussion.

This virtual discussion was organized in partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, and the Musser Public Library.

Connect with Us

Questions about “Inclusive Dialogue” or our other local programming? Follow us on Facebook for updates, or contact Krista Regennitter, program officer for Global Education!