Center for Politics to Host “Dangerous Discourse” at Virtual Public Event

Center for Politics to Host “Dangerous Discourse” at Virtual Public Event

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) – On Thursday, March 11, the University of Virginia Center for Politics will host a virtual event entitled Dangerous Discourse: Afghanistan, Belarus, Gaza, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

The panel will feature four speakers who were participants or partners in international exchanges hosted by the UVA Center for Politics. Panelists will discuss their experiences on the impact of civility and incivility between people, citizens and their government, and political factions.

This virtual event will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 11. Those who would like to attend may register via this link or visit and search “Dangerous Discourse.” Members of the media are welcome to attend.

The participants are:

Rami Aman of Gaza founded the Gaza Youth Committee, a pro-peace organization that focuses on building person-to-person dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis. Aman’s efforts resulted in his arrest and six-month imprisonment by Palestinian authorities, who convicted him of “weakening revolutionary spirit.”

Joseph Mariampillai is originally from Sri Lanka and currently works in Myanmar. He is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Inclusive Development Partnerships, an initiative in Myanmar that facilitates inclusive and sustainable dialogue on national and regional governance and economic development.

Polina Polivkina of Belarus studies at the Belarus State University and recently earned a degree in Business Administration from the County College of Morris in New Jersey. Polivkina will discuss the importance of youth engagement and the need for civil discourse in Belarus.

Wazhma Rahimzay served as the Human Rights Officer at Afghanistan’s Open Society Foundation and led the women’s rights portfolio focused on anti-sexual harassment advocacy. Rahimzay will speak on her experiences in Afghanistan and as an immigrant to Canada, civility as it relates to being an immigrant and the immigration process.

UVA Center for Politics Director of Global Initiatives Daman Irby will moderate the event.

This special event is a part of the UVA Center for Politics’ Civility Project Series and is hosted by the Center’s Global Perspectives on Democracy program, which fosters dialogue between the United States and other countries through public events and international exchanges.