In Your Shoes

In Your Shoes

Ongoing
Georgetown University

Created and developed around the world by Prof. Derek Goldman, The Lab’s signature In Your Shoes program is based on a groundbreaking approach where participants have deep, open conversations around a topic and then perform one another’s perspectives. The foundation of this work was a collaborative project with Georgetown’s Democracy & Governance Program, and Patrick Henry College, a conservative Christian college in Virginia. It has since expanded its reach, which includes a partnership with Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues to present a US-China dialogue and an event with The Lannan Center titled “Reckoning with Our Past/ Imagining Our Future.” The mission of the project is to employ techniques rooted in theatrical performance to bring students of diverse social, cultural, and religious backgrounds into deep, challenging, and mutually respectful dialogue with one another to promote mutual understanding and empathy. The program has received national attention through major features on PBS Newshour and in the Washington Post.

This project was made possible by support from GU’s Department of Government, GU’s Baker Center, and the Red House.