Without Truth There Can Be No Peace

By Jean Mavrelis and Thomas Kochman - 05.27.2009

For our first blog topic we decided to focus on President Obama and how his style of communication is not only individual, but also culturally influenced.

President Obama’s willingness to confront controversy directly is no secret, but beyond individual style, is there a cultural explanation as well?

Obama most recently demonstrated his willingness to deal with controversy head on again at the recent University of Notre Dame commencement in talking about abortion. Rather than deal with the polarities he asked both sides to approach the issue collaboratively looking for common ground with respect to the other’s position despite basic disagreements with it, and generally not shying away from things that make us uncomfortable. Read more »