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
Dayspring Methodist Church
Tempe, AZ
Held Feb. 10 & 17. 

The dialogues were with junior and senior high school students on the topics of school safety and bullying.  

Fred Astaire's Dancing Lessons

A 70-minute one-person multimedia performative examination of shifting perceptions of queer male mentorship, LGBT aging anxieties and the lingering cultural threat assigned to queer sexuality.

Performed by Dustin Goltz, Ph.D., Professor, DePaul University, College of Communication 

Held Thursday, February 7
The Empty Space Theatre - (970 E. University in the APMA building)



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. 


Community Conversations:  Civil Dialogue about Important Arizona Issues

The Institute for Civil Dialogue in association with the I4-C research collective in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication invites you to participate in a spring dialogue series that focuses on key issues that impact the state of Arizona.  Important topics such as water, energy, immigration, economics, and politics often generate passionate positions and opinions, and even strong disagreement.   Community Conversations events will employ a unique facilitated format, Civil Dialogue®, which will give Arizonans the opportunity to discuss these important “hot topics with cool heads.”

The events are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

January 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., ASU Tempe Campus, The Empty Space 970 E. University in the APMA building

February 27, time and location TBA

March 20,  time and location TBA

April 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m., ASU Downtown Campus, UCENT building, room TBA

April 24, time and location TBA

For directions to Community Conversations and more information about Civil Dialogue®:

Or contact Jennifer Linde or Clark Olson

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.

Jaime Faulkner, a Kristin Bervig Valentine Performance Studies Scholar, rehearses for her performance at The Empty Space.