No Time to Talk

Civility, Protest and Making Change
Presented by NH Listens and the Carsey School of Public Policy

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Truly resolving conflict always requires respectful conversation across differences in perspective, ideology, or identity. Getting to that conversation, however, can require more than words. Protest, civil disobedience, or other means are often necessary to demonstrate to protectors of the status quo that problems cannot be ignored, that communities need to be respected and engaged. Those who seek change have deep distrust of those who have resisted it, and know that dialogue can be just an excuse to delay action. Yet, in the end, dialogue is necessary for change.

Join this panel discussion to explore your own views and the views of those in the fields of deliberative democracy and dialogue. We will focus on dialogue and protest on college campuses and the principles used to guide decision making.


Michael Ettlinger

A headshot of Michael Ettlinger for the No Time to Talk event

Director, Carsey School of Public Policy

Michael Ettlinger is the founding director of the Carsey School of Public Policy. Michael joined Carsey in July 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the growth of the existing research and outreach program and developing new academic programs. He also is an Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire's School of Law and a Faculty Fellow at the Law School’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.


Nancy Thomas

Nancy Thomas of Tufts University, speaker at No Time to Talk event

Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University

Nancy is the Director of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She has been a strong voice for democratic practices on campuses. Her work and scholarship interests include college student civic learning and participation in democracy, campus climates for political engagement, deliberative democracy, political equity and inclusion, and campus free speech and academic freedom. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a law degree from Case Western Research University’s School of Law.

Dr. Jamaal Downey

A photo of Jamaal Downey, lead instructor for the Treat Student Fellowship at UNH

Lead Instructor, Treat Student Fellowship, NH Listens

Jamaal is a dedicated lifelong learner. He is a father, writer, and the lead instructor of the Treat Student Fellowship at the University of New Hampshire. His personal story and academic interest converge around: identity; language, ideology and consciousness; pedagogy, and epistemology and is focused on solving dire issues in higher education and supporting students through critical and interdisciplinary thinking coupled with culturally sustaining and humanizing pedagogies.

Michele Holt-Shannon

A headshot of Michele Holt-Shannon for the No Time to Talk event

Co-founder & Director, New Hampshire Listens, Carsey School

Michele is director and co-founder for New Hampshire Listens at the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Her work on and off campus is focused on inclusive civic engagement, community problem-solving, and building coalitions for community initiated change efforts. She joined Carsey in 2011 to focus on process design to ensure fair, inclusive, and informed outcomes for local and statewide projects.


Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM



Zoom Online Platform



Michele Holt-Shannon
Director, NH Listens