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Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST through November 17, 2019

Day-long Red/Blue Workshop – Gastonia, NC

Red/Blue Workshops bring together 5-7 Republican or conservative-leaning citizens and 5-7 Democratic or liberal-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations.  Here’s what you can expect to get out of a workshop:

1: Better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide
2: Find areas of commonality in addition to differences
3: Learn something that might be helpful to you and to others in your community and the nation

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST

Depolarizing Within Workshop – McLean, VA

Much of today’s polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. Too often, we stereotype, dismiss, or ridicule our fellow citizens who support the other political party, its leaders, and its policies. This free, three-hour workshop helps participants become more aware of their own "inner polarizer." It teaches how to be critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping large swaths of the population. And it offers strategies for intervening constructively in social conversations with like-minded peers when these conversations veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views.

Who can come? Anyone interested in examining their own inner polarization.

Questions? Contact Curtis Schaeffer schaeffersuerte@gmail.com or Jill Cook cooks471@gmail.com.


Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 06:00 PM EST
Emory University in Atlanta, GA

The Black Man Project partnered with Black Men Smile in Atlanta, Ga.

Last month, filmmaker Brian Ellison, anthropologist Marlon Hall, and sculptor Anthony Suber launched a series of conversations focused on the black male experience in contemporary society called "The Black Man Project." Curated by Hall, the dinner series features a moving sculpture created by Suber with conversation centered around a documentary directed by Ellison, UnMASKulinity, debuting next year.

After a day spent in each community shooting for the film, the organizers host a confluence of 16 men from a variety of backgrounds in a recorded environment of listening and learning. Travis McPhail, the Engineering Lead for Maps SDK at Google, is working alongside the group to help identify men to participate in the discussion.

The group, along with other experts in the arts and education, will create a curriculum to accompany the dinner series aiming to empower communities to continue the conversation long after the dinner is over. According to Mental Health America, Black men are particularly conscious of stigma when it comes to seeking help from an expert such as a psychologist.

The events are hosted by The Black Man Project and funded in part by grants from the John Steven Kellet Foundation and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.


Better Angels Debate in Durham

This is a parliamentary style debate. It is more like a structured conversation with many sides. Anyone may speak or ask questions.

You can watch two short videos about Better Angels Debates at https://www.better-angels.org/debates/.

At this point, we need your help in choosing a topic. You'll find six different topics at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc98QitBr0vc0eDn8fpaJFStwZ6Z6WbXz_c05R3WwVGKzg6vg/viewform?usp=sf_link.

For each of the six topics or--as we say when debating--resolutions, you'll be asked to rate how much you care about it, whether you support or oppose it, and whether you'd be willing to speak about it at the debate.

Your answers to this poll will help us choose a resolution that evokes passion, and is likely to split the group with 50% in favor, and 50% opposed. If everyone agrees, it isn’t much of a debate!

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT THIS POLL in order to participate in the debate. The address will be sent to you after you've completed the poll and registered.

Once you've finished the poll, please click on the Register button.

Questions? Contact Laura Gilliom at laura.gilliom09@gmail.com.


Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 06:00 PM EST
Queens Library at Forest Hills in Forest Hills, NY

Let's Talk Democracy Advocacy Fair

Join Let's Talk Democracy and local community groups to learn how you can get involved!

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at 06:00 PM MST

"Hot Topics, Cool Heads": A Civil Dialogue about Gun Violence and Safety

How do you have a conversation with someone you disagree with?  For 15 years, the Institute for Civil Dialogue has hosted a format known as Civil Dialogue which allows the members of the public to take a position on a controversial statement and explore it using the ground rules of civility.  The goal is not to persuade, but to explain your viewpoint and model civility. 

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Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 06:00 PM CST
Fisk University in Nashville, TN

The Black Man Project in Nashville, TN

Last month, filmmaker Brian Ellison, anthropologist Marlon Hall, and sculptor Anthony Suber launched a series of conversations focused on the black male experience in contemporary society called "The Black Man Project." Curated by Hall, the dinner series features a moving sculpture created by Suber with conversation centered around a documentary directed by Ellison, UnMASKulinity, debuting next year.

After a day spent in each community shooting for the film, the organizers host a confluence of 16 men from a variety of backgrounds in a recorded environment of listening and learning. Travis McPhail, the Engineering Lead for Maps SDK at Google, is working alongside the group to help identify men to participate in the discussion.

The group, along with other experts in the arts and education, will create a curriculum to accompany the dinner series aiming to empower communities to continue the conversation long after the dinner is over. According to Mental Health America, Black men are particularly conscious of stigma when it comes to seeking help from an expert such as a psychologist.

The events are hosted by The Black Man Project and funded in part by grants from the John Steven Kellet Foundation and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.