The I-4C Collective mobilizes resources from rhetoric, performance, and critical-cultural studies to explore the intersections of civil, critical and creative communication.

I-4C Events are a collection of the primary components of The I-4C Collective: Innovative Inquiry, Civil Dialogue, and The Empty Space. Innovative Inquiry explores human communication through methodologies, epistemologies, and practices of alternative representations of knowledge. Civil Dialogue provides an innovate tool for productive communication about controversial topics by integrating rhetorical criticism and theories of performance. The Empty Space black box theatre fosters theoretical and practical explorations of performance scholarship.

Civil Dialogue

Civil Dialogue (CD) is a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions.



Civil Dialoge for spring semester, 2018

Title of the Series is:  Civil Dialogue: Making News Now

Tuesday, February 13 6-8 pm at The Empty Space

Tuesday, March 20 6-8 pm at The Empty Space

Tuesday, April 24 6-8 pm at The Empty Space


The Empty Space 

Empty Space performersThe Empty Space theatre features scholarship developed by students and faculty, often in partnership with the Initiative on Innovative Inquiry. Projects range from extended solo performances to group performances, including explorations in ethnographic, literary or other performance forms and methods. The Empty Space also hosts local and national artists and performance educators who offer lectures, workshops, and performances.

People's State of the Union:

January 26, 2018 
7:00 -8:30 p.m
Tempe campus
The Empty Space

February 3, 2108
2:00-3:30 p.m.
South Mountain Community College
Studio Theater